A personal twist on Orwell’s rules for writing:
- Every rose has its thorn, and the thorn of writing is cliche metaphors and figures of speech. Avoid them like the plague.
- Never use an interminable word where a lilliputian word will be suffice.
- If it is ever possible under any and every circumstances to cut, or delete, or remove a word, always cut, or delete, or remove that word where ever possible for you to do so.
- The active voice should be used by you.
- Your modus operandi must always be to avoid foreign phrases and scientific jargon. That’s not just my hypothesis. Go ahead and ignore it, Qui vivra verra…
- Break any of these rules and you deserve to die. Under no circumstances should you ever break these rules lest you end up the most pathetic moron of your generation.