- Remember to never split an infinitive.
- The passive voice should never be used.
- Do not put statements in the negative form.
- Verbs has got to agree with their subjects.
- Proofread carefully to see if you words out.
- If you reread your work, you can find on rereading a great deal
of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.
- A writer must not shift your point of view.
- And don’t start a sentence with a conjunction.
- Don’t overuse exclamation marks!!
- Place pronouns as close as possible, especially in long sentences,
as of 10 or more words, to their antecedents.
William Safire, 1929 – 2009
William Lewis Safire was an American author, columnist, journalist, and presidential speechwriter. He was best known as a political columnist for the New York Times and for his column “On Language” in the New York Times Magazine. He was also the author of the novels, Scandalmonger, Sleeper Spy, Freedom: A Novel of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War and Full Disclosure.
Safire’s Rules from: http://pages.stern.nyu.edu/~wstarbuc/Writing/Safire.htm
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