George Orwell's Six Rules for Writing

>> 27 March 2012

1. Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.

2. Never use a long word where a short one will do.

3. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.

4. Never use the passive where you can use the active.

5. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.

6. Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.


Mary A April 9, 2012 at 12:09 PM  

Love his book 1984. Although I feel as though he didn't follow his own rules.

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The sixth rule is the killer! At least he's honest :)

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Aun Muhammad September 22, 2013 at 12:21 AM  

Awesome rules! Liked them reading!

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