On Writing Good


As a writer and a proponent of lifelong learning, I thought it would be a good idea to brush up on my skills. I learn by doing, by teaching, by writing. So after perusing my one of my favorite writing reads–William Zinsser’s On Writing Well–I present Lindsey’s Lessons On Writing Good:

  1. The word “that” is rarely necessary. That’s a fact.
  2. Avoid grandiloquent words.
  3. Passive voice is to be avoided.
  4. Avoid redundancy. Omit unnecessary words and phrases. It’s less wordy that way.
  5. Similes are like perfuming a rose.
  6. When using metaphors, make sure all your ducks on are the same page.
  7. This one’s an oldie, but a goodie: avoid cliches.
  8. 54% of all writers forget to check their facts.
  9. One exclamation point is enough!!!
  10. Always proofread your righting.

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