is one of the greatest albums ever written. Now I wish more than 5 people at UD appreciated this band
My several years in the word game have learnt me several rules.
1. Avoid Alliteration—occasionally it ok.
2. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
3. Avoid clichés like the plague. (They’re old hat.)
4. Words, words, words: employ the vernacular. Avoid the colloquial or informal language, they totally suck and make the reader tune-out. Owe yes, be sure you know what a word means that you use. Do not try to hegemony the reader with fancy words unless you are sure how to properly use them. It makes you appear an aggregate of dumblikeness.
5. Eschew ampersands & and abbreviations, etc.
6. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary.
7. It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.
8. Contractions aren’t necessary.
9. Foreign words and phrases are not apropos. That is unless in English it is hard conveys the word or phrases particular meaning.
10. One should never generalize.
11. Do not over due quotations. Use the only the best ones. If you can do without it—then do so. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said: “I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.”
12. Comparisons are as bad as cliches.
13. Don’t be redundant; don’t use more words than necessary; it’s highly superfluous.
14. Profanity sucks.
15. Be more or less specific.
16. Understatement is always best.
17. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.
18. Say what you want and get on with the next sentence, after all it become confusing, and difficult to follow, actually hard to read, that is if the reader continues to read, and by that I mean all the way to the end. Do not try to say too much in a single sentence.
19. Paragraphs have more than one sentence! On the other hand, unless your Proust they usually have less than a half a page long.
20. Paragraphs are mini-essay. They have an opening and conclusion. They should be focused on one or two things.