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Subject:Re: Golden Rules From:Kat Nagel <KatNagel -at- AOL -dot- COM> Date:Thu, 22 Dec 1994 23:32:55 -0500
Chris Benz wrote:
> The Golden Rules of Writing
> 1. Make it understandable.
> 2. Make it consistent, unless that interferes with Rule 1.
> 3. Make it grammatically correct, unless that interferes with Rule 1 or 2.
> 4. Make it technically correct, unless that interferes with Rule 1, 2, or 3
Hmmm. I started my professional life as a chemist, not as a writer. Maybe
that's why I prefer another order:
(1) > 4. Make it technically correct <== this is an absolute
(2) > 3. Make it grammatically correct, unless that interferes with Rule 1.
(3) > 2. Make it consistent, unless that interferes with Rule 1 or Rule 2.
If you do these three things, then your writing *will* be understandable.
You won't need a rule declaring it so.
@kat katnagel -at- aol -dot- com
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