In memory of William Safire …
“Great Rules of Writing”
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
4 thoughts on “William Safire's Great Rules of Writing”
Yes, hahaha! There’s another one of his that I enjoy:
‘Proofread carefully to see if you words out.’
I didn’t realize that was his. I just heard it a few days ago. Its a good one!
These should be tattooed on every writer’s hand.
i have one!
“exclamation points should be used sparingly!!!”
these are so great