William Saffire's rules for writers

Subject: William Saffire's rules for writers
From: "Hall, Robert" <WRHALL -at- WOK-MSMAIL-GW -dot- ISL -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 17 Aug 1994 16:58:00 PDT

Someone wrote:
>I recall reading a host of those. If I'm not mistaken, they were
attributed to William Saffire.

The version of William Saffire's rules that I have is:

Remember to never split an infinitive.

The passive voice should never be used.

Do not put statements in the negative form.

Verbs have to agree with their subjects.

Proofread carefully to see if you words out.

If you reread your work, you can find on rereading a great deal of
repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.

A writer must not shift your point of view.

And don't start a sentence with a conjunction.

(Remember, too, a preposition is a terrible word to end a sentence with.)

Don't overuse exclamation marks!!

Place pronouns as close as possible, especially in long sentences, as of 10
or more words, to their antecedents.

Writing carefully, dangling participles must be avoided.

If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.

Take the bull by the hand and avoid mixing metaphors.

Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.

Everyone should be careful to use a singular pronoun with singular nouns in
their writing.

Always pick on the correct idiom.

The adverb always follows the verb.

Last but not least, avoid cliches like the plague; seek viable alternatives.

Have fun...

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