Write Good 3: subtly blatant


1.      The passive voice should not be used.

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

3.      Don’t repeat yourself, or say again what you have said before.

4.      Who needs rhetorical questions?

5.      Don’t use commas, that, are not, necessary.

6.      Do not use hyperbole; not one in a million can do it effectively.

7.      Never use a big word when a diminutive alternative would suffice.

8.      Subject and verb always has to agree.

9.      Be more or less specific.

10.   Placing a comma between subject and predicate, is not correct.

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About robertstevenson

Dr. Robert Stevenson is a Professor of Journalism and Director of Student Publications for the Department of Mass Communications and Theater at Lander University in Greenwood, SC. He received the Distinguished Faculty of the Year award for 2007-'08, and the Lander University Young Faculty Scholar Award in 2005-06. Stevenson also serves as chair of the Lander University American Democracy Project. First and Formost I am a dad of two wonderful boys.
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5 Responses to Write Good 3: subtly blatant

  1. ggratton says:

    This is brilliant. I’m stealing it. Thanks!

  2. Killer. I think you found your voice!

  3. Lenka Bliss says:

    LOL 😀 This is perfect 😀 Hope that more parts are yet to come 😀

  4. 4ever7 says:

    Great! I always learn something new from your blog!

  5. Steve says:

    I couldn’t have said it better myself.

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