Thursday 13 December 2012

The Words of William Saffire

The words of William Safire: Author, columnist, journalist, and presidential speech writer.
”Remember to never split an infinitive. 
The passive voice should never be used. 

Do not put statements in the negative form. Verbs has to agree with their subjects. 
proofread carefully to see if you leave words out. 
If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that 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. 
Writing carefully, dangling participles must be avoided. 
If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is. Take the bull by the hand and avoid mixed metaphors.
Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky. 
Everyone should be careful to use a singular pronoun with singular nouns in their writing. 
Always pick on the correct idiom. 
The adverb always follows the verb. 
Last but not least, avoid cliches like the plague: seek viable alternatives”.

/my favourite/

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