Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Today's Amusements: Anakin's Faith, and Writing Tips

Over at Go Into the Story, William Safire is quoted giving some marvelous writing tips.  I plan on implementing them all in my next project.

"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.
De-accession euphemisms.
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"

And although I am not a reader of the Huffington Post, a series of pictures showing mistranslations in movie dubs caught my eye, especially this one:

I knew the dark side was a product of a committee!
Just my thoughts, 


1 comment:

David Goulet said...

And what possesses writers to end sentences with two punctuation marks?! Thats just sloopy.