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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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About Robin Catling

Robin Catling gained degrees in both arts and technology which led to a diverse portfolio of employment. A freelance systems analyst, project manager and business change manager for the likes of American Express, British Airways and IBM, he moved on to web design, journalism and technical authoring. He has also worked in film and television, both behind and in front of the camera, including productions by Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorcese, Ron Howard and Ridley Scott. A qualified three-weapon coach, he runs West Devon Swords teaching sports fencing to all age groups, and in recent years qualified with the British Federation of Historical Swordplay to teach medieval and renaissance combat in the Historical Western Martial Arts.

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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 | Jul 27, 2013, 10:10 am
  2. Great post. Thank you and best of luck.

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

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