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How-to: Write Good by Frank L. Visco


How to Write Good by Frank L. Visco Writers' digest June 1986The first set of rules was written by Frank L. Visco and originally published in the June 1986 issue of Writers’ digest.

My several years in the word game have learnt me several rules:

  1. Avoid Alliteration. Always.
  2. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
  3. Avoid cliches like the plague. (They’re old hat.)
  4. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.
  5. One should never generalize
  6. Comparisons are as bad as cliches
  7. Be more or less specific
  8. Sentence fragments?  Eliminate
  9. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.
  10. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary.
  11. Who needs rhetorical questions?

From http://failblog.cheezburger.com/school.

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2 thoughts on “How-to: Write Good by Frank L. Visco

  1. astonishing resource for this article

    Posted by B Kaq | July 27, 2013, 10:10 am
  2. Great post. Thank you and best of luck.

    Posted by Nona Robson | August 9, 2013, 12:29 pm

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