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The funny rules on writing who William Safire wrote

12 May 2019

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

[William Safire, journalist]

There are several version of these rules. I keep this one. However, I have just found out a website with extra information.


William Safire´s Rules of Writing


  1. Do not put statements in the negative form. Always write positive statements. The positive is stronger than the negative.
  2. And don’t start sentences with a conjunction. Do not start sentences with a conjunction. Conjunctions serve to connect words, phrases, clauses, and sentences, not to start them.
  3. If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing. Reread and edit your work to avoid repetition. Enough said.
  4. Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do. Never use a long word when a small one will do. Using a thesaurus and carefully selecting new vocabulary words can help improve your writing. In some sentences, however, simple is best.
  5. If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is. (…)

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Great rules of writing (William Safire)

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