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  1. #1

    Wink

    1. Avoid alliteration. Always.
    2. Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do.
    3. The adverb always follows the verb.
    4. Employ the vernacular.
    5. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.
    6. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary.
    7. Remember to never split an infinitive.
    8. Contractions aren't necessary.
    9. Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.
    10. One should never generalize.
    11. Eliminate quotations. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "I hate quotations. Tell me what you know."
    12. Comparisons are as bad as cliches.
    13. Don't be redundant; don't use more words than necessary; it's highly superfluous.
    14. Be more or less specific.
    15. Understatement is always best.
    16. One-word sentences? Eliminate.
    17. Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.
    18. The passive voice is to be avoided.
    19. Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.
    20. Even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.
    21. Who needs rhetorical questions?
    22. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.
    23. Don't never use a double negation.
    24. capitalize every sentence and remember always end it with point
    25. Do not put statements in the negative form.
    26. Verbs have to agree with their subjects.
    27. Proofread carefully to see if you words out.
    28. If you reread your work, you can find on rereading a great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.
    29. A writer must not shift your point of view.
    30. And don't start a sentence with a conjunction. (Remember, too, a preposition is a terrible word to end a sentence with.)
    31. Don't overuse exclamation marks!!!!!!!
    32. Place pronouns as close as possible, especially in long sentences, as of 10 or more words, to their antecedents.
    33. Writing carefully, dangling participles must be avoided.
    34. If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.
    35. Take the bull by the hand and avoid mixing metaphors.
    36. Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.
    37. Everyone should be careful to use a singular pronoun with singular nouns in their writing.
    38. Always pick on the correct idiom.
    39. Last but not least, avoid cliches like the plague; they're old hat; seek viable alternatives.

  2. #2

    Talking

    Ada:

    Very well said. http://www.pinoyexchange.com/lol.gif Now, if I can only remember all your advices, I can start writing well.

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  4. #4

    Talking

    ada, thanks for learning us english from the jimmy santos school of write.

    i nominate ada to be moderator of this forum.

    [This message has been edited by green grin (edited 05-01-2000).]

  5. #5

    Talking

    Ada thanks for the tips! http://www.pinoyexchange.com/lol.gif

    http://www.pinoyexchange.com/crazy.gif http://www.pinoyexchange.com/crazy.gif

    http://www.pinoyexchange.com/lol.gif

    [This message has been edited by tRiStAn (edited 06-05-2000).]

  6. #6

    Talking

    http://www.geocities.com/adashki/eek3.gif

    LOL, funny, Ada!

  7. #7

    Talking

    ada, i read the list again and i think no. 16 was the funniest. http://www.pinoyexchange.com/lol.gif

  8. #8
    tindera ng lupa at condo
    Join Date
    Nov 1999
    Location
    Makati

    Talking


    teacher ada, where did you get all those tips?

  9. #9

    Talking

    1. Know your material well
    2. Have a good grasp of the English language.
    3. Know your grammar rules very well.
    4. Improve your vocabulary.
    5. Good semantics.

    [This message has been edited by BODACIOUS (edited 05-02-2000).]

  10. #10

    Exclamation

    READ, READ, READ!!!

    §inned™

  11. #11

  12. #12
    Administrator
    Join Date
    Jul 1999
    Location
    PEx Stronghold

    Talking

    Reading does provide a foundation for one's writing skills, but isn't necessarily what's needed to take the "next step" into professional writing.

    As a part-time editor, I've run into people who, based on their writing, are clearly well-read. They use a lot of expressions, and the occassional cliche. On the whole, the writing is passable but not exceptional.

    That being said, there's no substitute for actual writing experience -- particularly in the genre or style for which you are writing.


  13. #13

    Talking

    hahaha, how pun-ny!!

    Sadly, some still didn't get it... sineryoso ba?

  14. #14

    Talking

    http://www.pinoyexchange.com/lol.gif @ everyone

    I didn't write those tips. I got them from a mailing list. Also, they're all jokes so don't take 'em seriously. Your english teacher will have a fit! http://www.pinoyexchange.com/lol.gif

  15. #15

    Talking


    A WRITER IS FIRST AND FOREMOST A READER

  16. #16
    Death is Only the Beginning
    Join Date
    May 2000
    Location
    Hamunaptra

    Thumbs up

    More tips! This is one helluva funny thread.

  17. #17
    Da Literary Lech0n
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Location
    not_in_the_Phil

    Post

    Hmmmm...the only writing skills I "learned" in school were how to write in Stuffy Business English...

    Great tips!

  18. #18
    Thanks for the tips, I needed that to have a nicely written article on our batch!

  19. #19
    Originally posted by Ada
    1. Avoid alliteration. Always.
    2. Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do.
    3. The adverb always follows the verb.
    4. Employ the vernacular.
    5. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.
    6. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary.
    7. Remember to never split an infinitive.
    8. Contractions aren't necessary.
    9. Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.
    10. One should never generalize.
    11. Eliminate quotations. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "I hate quotations. Tell me what you know."
    12. Comparisons are as bad as cliches.
    13. Don't be redundant; don't use more words than necessary; it's highly superfluous.
    14. Be more or less specific.
    15. Understatement is always best.
    16. One-word sentences? Eliminate.
    17. Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.
    18. The passive voice is to be avoided.
    19. Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.
    20. Even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.
    21. Who needs rhetorical questions?
    22. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.
    23. Don't never use a double negation.
    24. capitalize every sentence and remember always end it with point
    25. Do not put statements in the negative form.
    26. Verbs have to agree with their subjects.
    27. Proofread carefully to see if you words out.
    28. If you reread your work, you can find on rereading a great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.
    29. A writer must not shift your point of view.
    30. And don't start a sentence with a conjunction. (Remember, too, a preposition is a terrible word to end a sentence with.)
    31. Don't overuse exclamation marks!!!!!!!
    32. Place pronouns as close as possible, especially in long sentences, as of 10 or more words, to their antecedents.
    33. Writing carefully, dangling participles must be avoided.
    34. If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.
    35. Take the bull by the hand and avoid mixing metaphors.
    36. Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.
    37. Everyone should be careful to use a singular pronoun with singular nouns in their writing.
    38. Always pick on the correct idiom.
    39. Last but not least, avoid cliches like the plague; they're old hat; seek viable alternatives.

    Does this mean to be a good writer I have to follow all these? I've read some books with some of your "rules" broken, and they're quite good and a lot of people who I know write in an unorthodox method but still they're appreciated. Bigotry?

  20. #20

    Arrow

    To clarify...

    Originally posted by Ada
    http://www.pinoyexchange.com/lol.gif @ everyone

    I didn't write those tips. I got them from a mailing list. Also, they're all jokes so don't take 'em seriously. Your english teacher will have a fit! http://www.pinoyexchange.com/lol.gif

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