Writing seems to be a minor theme this week. I found these wicked good rules at the Union College site. They were posted by the Biology Department. I hope they will help:
- Shun and avoid the employment of unnecessary, excess extra words.
- Make certain all sentences are full and complete. If possible.
- Avoid cliches like the plague.
- Take pain’s to spell and, punctuate correctly.
- BE Consistent.
- Don’t approximate. Always be more or less precise.
- Sedulously eschew obfuscatory hyperverbosity or prolixity.
- Avoid pointless repetition, and don’t repeat yourself unnecessarily.
- Always try to remembr t he/E extreme importance of being accurit; ne at, and carfful.
- Don’t use no double negatives.
- Don’t never use no triple negatives.
- All generalizations are bad.
- Take care that your verb and subject is in agreement.
- A preposition is a bad thing to end a sentence with.
- Don’t use commas, which aren’t necessary.
- “Avoid overuse of ‘quotation’ marks.”
- Writing carefully, dangling participles must be avoided.
- And don’t start a sentence with a conjunction.
- Reserve the apostrophe for it’s proper use and omit it when its not necessary.
- Avoid run-on sentences they are hard to read.
- Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.
- Never use that totally cool, radically groovy out-of-date slang.
- Avoid those long sentences that just go on, and on, they never stop, they just keep rambling, and you really wish the person would just shut up, but no, they just keep on going, they’re worse than the Energizer Bunny, they babble incessantly, and these sentences, they just never stop.