Sunday, May 24, 2009

how to write good

now; for somme of you thi might bee hard for you to udnerstand. I havee hear a list of instrructoins on howe to right good. i turly do hope that these hellp u.

How to Write Good
1. Avoid alliteration. Always.

2. Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do.

3. Employ the vernacular.

4. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.

5. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary.

6. Remember to never split an infinitive.

7. Contractions aren't necessary.

8. Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.

9. One should never generalize.

10. Eliminate quotations. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "I hate quotations. Tell me what you know."

11. Comparisons are as bad as cliches.

12. Don't be redundant; don't use more words than necessary; it's highly superfluous.

13. Be more or less specific.

14. Understatement is always best.

15. One-word sentences? Eliminate.

16. Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.

17. The passive voice is to be avoided.

18. Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.

19. Even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.

20. Who needs rhetorical questions?

21. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.

22. Don't never use a double negation.

23. capitalize every sentence and remember always end it with point

24. Do not put statements in the negative form.

25. Verbs have to agree with their subjects.

26. Proofread carefully to see if you words out.

27. If you reread your work, you can find on rereading a great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.

28. A writer must not shift your point of view.

29. And don't start a sentence with a conjunction. (Remember, too, a preposition is a terrible word to end a sentence with.)

30. Don't overuse exclamation marks!!

31. Place pronouns as close as possible, especially in long sentences, as of 10 or more words, to the irantecedents.

32. Writing carefully, dangling participles must be avoided.

33. If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.

34. Take the bull by the hand and avoid mixing metaphors.

35. Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.

36. Everyone should be careful to use a singular pronoun with singular nouns in their writing.

37. Always pick on the correct idiom.

38. The adverb always follows the verb.

39. Last but not least, avoid cliches like the plague; They're old hat; seek viable alternatives.


P.S. Do any of you know how hard it is to write that badly? Wow... those first couple of sentences too me FOREVER. ::laughs:: Hope you liked these little tips, that um.... really kinda prove my point. :)


JbarJ Mom said...

Ha! That was amazing! Wow. I Loved that!!!!!!!! (I know this (!!!!) is bad)
I loved those!
More! more! more!

JustinK said...

::laughs:: Wow, that was, um. Ecstatic. To say the least. At least you're thinking this blog to be something more of an imbroglio.... Or, is it? ::laughs:: Oh well. I'll try, I'll try. Though, I might just go to church bulletin typos. The real ones that is. :-) Would ya'll like those?
See ya in a week!!! ::jumps up and down::


JbarJ Mom said...

YEA YEA!!!! I LOVE typos. They're amazing!
Yea! One week!

JustinK said...

You just squeeld? Wow.... That's a new one. :-) Oh well, I don't mind. Can't wait!

Annie C. Landon said...

That was most amazing, Justin!!
Yes!! I DO know how hard it is to write that bad!!
Unless I'm role-playing or just being silly, improper grammar drives me nuts!!

JustinK said...

Amen sister! ::laughs:: I'm glad we agree.