William Safire’s 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.
De-accession euphemisms.
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

2 comments for “William Safire’s Great Rules of Writing

  1. Tom Sawyer
    July 7, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Kinda funny! (They told me this comment was too short. Ok, it’s clever too).

  2. Cecil
    July 18, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Reminds me of this site I love:


    You should grab some ideas from them.

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