Friday, August 27, 2010
Quips and Quotes
Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia. ~E.L. Doctorow
Most editors are failed writers - but so are most writers. ~T.S. Eliot
- Hmm... He’s got a point.
I’ll finish off with this final (helpful?) quote from someone I've never heard of before and I think he makes his own points:
Do not put statements in the negative form.
And don't start sentences with a conjunction.
If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that
a great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.
Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do.
Unqualified superlatives are the worst of all.
If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.
Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.
Last, but not least, avoid cliches like the plague.
~William Safire, "Great Rules of Writing"