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How to Write Good

How to Write Good

4
(OP)
I saw these 10 Rules for Good Writing, thought I'd share.

1. Avoid alliteration always.
2. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
3. The passive voice is to be avoided.
4. Avoid cliches like the plague, they're old hat.
5. Is it wrong to ever split an infinitive.
6. Writers should never generalize.
7- Be consistent.
8. Don't use more words than necessary, it's highly superfluous.
9. Be more or less specific.
10. Exaggeration is a billion times worse that understatement.

"Art without engineering is dreaming; Engineering without art is calculating."

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RE: How to Write Good

MadMango,

You forgot one.

11. Eschew obfuscation.

--
JHG

RE: How to Write Good

I write good: good. smile

==========
"Is it the only lesson of history that mankind is unteachable?"
--Winston S. Churchill

RE: How to Write Good

Should be "How to write well"

RE: How to Write Good

(OP)
I was thinking, "How to Write Gooder"

"Art without engineering is dreaming; Engineering without art is calculating."

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RE: How to Write Good

Classic, MadMango, but some people just won't get it.

RE: How to Write Good

Maybe "how to right more gooder".

Great list. I would have capitalized the "c" on number 7.

David Simpson, PE
MuleShoe Engineering

"Belief" is the acceptance of an hypotheses in the absence of data.
"Prejudice" is having an opinion not supported by the preponderance of the data.
"Knowledge" is only found through the accumulation and analysis of data.

RE: How to Write Good

No Mike.

I would say "How to write good text".

See, the OP was correct as "text" is understood in the sentence - artistic license. :)

Mike McCann
MMC Engineering
http://mmcengineering.tripod.com

RE: How to Write Good

13 Make each point that needs to be made clearly, and only one time.
14. Avoid repetition.

RE: How to Write Good

15. Assume that your readers can't read good.

RE: How to Write Good

16. If you write good the reader will learn more better.

It is a capital mistake to theorise before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts. (Sherlock Holmes - A Scandal in Bohemia.)

RE: How to Write Good

Avoid big words, us dumb folk have no idea what rules 1&5 (including 8 on a bad day) mean.

http://www.nceng.com.au/
"Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning."

RE: How to Write Good

I always like the quote from Winston Churchill: "This is the type of errant pedantry up with which I will not put."

- Steve

RE: How to Write Good

Being pedantic but not necessarily accurate, I think the word he used was "arrant".

RE: How to Write Good

touché

- Steve

RE: How to Write Good

Madmango,

I started smiling as soon as I saw the subject title, even before I opened and read the post. Engineers do have a sense of humor.

Thanks for starting my day with a chuckle.

Donf

RE: How to Write Good

I have two contributions: "Don't use the word, "Utilize," utilize the word, "Use."

And the record for preposition stacking at the end of a sentence: "Why did you bring that book I do not want to be read out of from up for."

I do like the OP though. . .

f-d

¡papá gordo ain’t no madre flaca!

RE: How to Write Good

SomptingGuy
"I always like the quote from Winston Churchill: "This is the type of errant pedantry up with which I will not put.""

I think Yoda sounds like Sir Churchill!

RE: How to Write Good

Quote (BillPSU)


Use words which have a certain ring to them like tintinnabulation.

The word that pissed me off back in Grade 11 was Onomatopoeia. A sixty four thousand dollar word like that should mean something deep and fundamental, that enhances our understanding of the universe.

--
JHG

RE: How to Write Good

(OP)
Good find, and better memory!

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RE: How to Write Good

Quote (Bill PSU)

Use words which have a certain ring to them like tintinnabulation.


Considering this forum, I'll just take a moment and bust you for the incorrect use of the word, "which." "Which" introduces an independent clause that MUST be preceded by a comma. "That" does not.

That'll be my unsolicited advice for today. . .

f-d

¡papá gordo ain’t no madre flaca!

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