Dirk Knemeyer

George Orwell’s 5 Rules for Effective Writing

I do so much writing, I reckon capturing this somewhere I can always get to it is smart. All pretty common sense, but nice to keep as a touchpoint. Via Pick the Brain.

1. Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.

2. Never use a long word where a short one will do.

3. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.

4. Never use the passive where you can use the active.

5. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.

6. Break any of these rules sooner than saying anything outright barbarous.

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