Grieve (grieve) wrote,


I received the following smart aleck comments to my rules on writing post.

>(vii) Speak in absolutes, because life always works that way.
>(viii) Poetry and prose can always be improved by writing in the style of a technical manual.
>(ix) Remember that the best way to write well is to follow formulae.
>(x) If you're having fun writing, something is wrong.

To be fair to Orwell, he was speaking about people that were writing Essays, especially those concerning politics. His point being that people hide their true meaning in vague words and ready made popular phrases. He evens points out that these rules are not intended for all forms of writing, and specifically mentions certain types of fiction as exceptions. You should also note that rule (vi) states to break the other rules as needed.


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