Posted by: mygentlecloud | October 13, 2011

George Orwell’s 5 Rules of Effective Writing

Someone shared a link today on Facebook on writing tips from George Orwell. Here are the five points for a quick reminder. For more details, check out http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/george-orwells-5-rules-for-effective-writing/

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.

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