Saturday… Just Saying 12/1/2012

Zadie Smith, 1975

Zadie Smith is a British author of novel, short stories, and non-fiction essays. Her best known novels are White Teeth, and On Beauty.

Zadie Smith’s Rules from: http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2012/09/make-sure-you-read-a-lot-of-books-writing-rules-from-zadie-smith/262581/

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Saturday… Just Saying 11/10/2012

21. Don’t verb nouns.

22. Don’t use no double negatives.

23. Make each pronoun agree with their antecedent.

24. When dangling, watch your participles.

25. Don’t use commas, which aren’t necessary.

26. Verbs has to agree with their subjects.

27. About those sentence fragments.

28. Try to not ever split infinitives.

29. Its important to use apostrophe’s correctly.

30. Always read what you have written to see if you’ve any words out.

31. Correct spelling is esential.

32. Proofread you writing.

33. Between you and I, case is important.

34. Verbs has to agree with 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

Original Image of Safire from: http://commons.wikimedia.org/

Saturday… Just Saying 11/3/2012

11. Writing carefully, dangling participles must be avoided.

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

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

14. Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.

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

16. Always pick on the correct idiom.

17. The adverb always follows the verb.

18. Last but not least, avoid cliches like the plague; seek viable alternatives.

19. Never use a preposition to end a sentence with.

20. Avoid annoying alliteration.

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
Original Image of Safire from: http://commons.wikimedia.org/

Saturday… Just Saying 10/27/2012

  1. Remember to never split an infinitive.
  2. The passive voice should never be used.
  3. Do not put statements in the negative form.
  4. Verbs has got to agree with their subjects.
  5. Proofread carefully to see if you words out.
  6. If you reread your work, you can find on rereading a great deal
    of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.
  7. A writer must not shift your point of view.
  8. And don’t start a sentence with a conjunction.
  9. Don’t overuse exclamation marks!!
  10. 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
Original Image of Safire from: http://commons.wikimedia.org/