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PostSubject: Tips to Improve Your Writing   Tue Apr 03, 2007 7:29 am

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1. Avoid alliteration. Always.

2. Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do.

3. Employ the vernacular.

4. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.

5. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary.

6. Remember to never split an infinitive.

7. Contractions aren't necessary.

8. Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.

9. One should never generalize.

10. Eliminate quotations. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "I hate quotations. Tell me what you know."

11. Comparisons are as bad as cliches.

12. Don't be redundant; don't use more words than necessary; it's highly superfluous.

13. Be more or less specific.

14. Understatement is always best.

15. One-word sentences? Eliminate.

16. Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.

17. The passive voice is to be avoided.

18. Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.

19. Even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.

20. Who needs rhetorical questions?

21. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.

22. Don't never use a double negation.

23. capitalize every sentence and remember always end it with point

24. Do not put statements in the negative form.

25. Verbs have to agree with their subjects.

26. Proofread carefully to see if you words out.

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

28. A writer must not shift your point of view.

29. And don't start a sentence with a conjunction. (Remember, too, a preposition is a terrible word to end a sentence with.)

30. Don't overuse exclamation marks!!

31. Place pronouns as close as possible, especially in long sentences, as of 10 or more words, to the irantecedents.

32. Writing carefully, dangling participles must be avoided.

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

34. Take the bull by the hand and avoid mixing metaphors.

35. Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.

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

37. Always pick on the correct idiom.

38. The adverb always follows the verb.

39. Last but not least, avoid cliches like the plague; They're old hat; seek viable alternatives.


:think: ROTFL



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PostSubject: Re: Tips to Improve Your Writing   Tue Apr 03, 2007 8:09 am

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PostSubject: Re: Tips to Improve Your Writing   Tue Apr 03, 2007 11:16 am

Rhonda wrote:


37. Always pick on the correct idiom.



:think: ROTFL

Can't argue with that one. Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Tips to Improve Your Writing   Tue Apr 03, 2007 11:17 am

flatbroke wrote:
Rhonda wrote:


37. Always pick on the correct idiom.



:think: ROTFL

Can't argue with that one. Wink

Does that make you the Village Idiom??? OhMy ROTFL



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PostSubject: Re: Tips to Improve Your Writing   Tue Apr 03, 2007 11:17 am

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PostSubject: Re: Tips to Improve Your Writing   Tue Apr 03, 2007 11:20 am

Rhonda wrote:
flatbroke wrote:
Rhonda wrote:


37. Always pick on the correct idiom.



:think: ROTFL

Can't argue with that one. Wink

Does that make you the Village Idiom??? OhMy ROTFL

Yup. But at least I don't let my participle dangle....I heard you can get banned here for that. grinsmiley
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PostSubject: Re: Tips to Improve Your Writing   Tue Apr 03, 2007 11:21 am

:Hahaha: ROTFL



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PostSubject: Re: Tips to Improve Your Writing   Tue Apr 03, 2007 6:27 pm

You know I bet Cheryl knows what every one of these sentences mean, I'm kinda feeling like the villiage idiot. You guys are way too funny!!

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PostSubject: Re: Tips to Improve Your Writing   Tue Apr 03, 2007 6:41 pm

*LOL* Thank you so much for the very clear advice!


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PostSubject: Re: Tips to Improve Your Writing   Thu Apr 05, 2007 12:51 am

Those were really cute. At first I thought it was something really serious to help my with my fanfiction writing. Not to quote myself, but I was like "Oh, cool. Maybe I'll get some great tips!" Hee hee!
I'm glad you couldn't have been more less specific about the list. :haha:





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PostSubject: Re: Tips to Improve Your Writing   Thu Apr 05, 2007 7:45 pm

Those are funny. I'll have to have my 8th grader read them. She has a research paper due after spring break. It will be interesting to see how many of those she gets.


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PostSubject: Re: Tips to Improve Your Writing   Thu Apr 05, 2007 7:53 pm

I think I only understand about 3 of those sentences... I have no idea what the rest are saying...
:shy: lol


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PostSubject: Re: Tips to Improve Your Writing   Sun Apr 08, 2007 12:48 am

Haha i loved it! I really thought they we're going to be helpful tips lol.


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PostSubject: Re: Tips to Improve Your Writing   Sun Apr 08, 2007 5:41 am

LOL grinsmiley
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PostSubject: Re: Tips to Improve Your Writing   Wed Apr 11, 2007 10:47 pm

LOL, those were very creative Thumbsup




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