“How to Write Good”

“How to Write Good”





1.         Avoid Alliteration. Always.

2.         Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.

3.         Avoid clichés like the plague. (They're old hat.)

4.         Employ the vernacular.

5.         Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.

6.         Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary.

7.         It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.

8.         Contractions aren't necessary.

9.         Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.

10.       One should never generalize.

11.       Comparisons are as bad as clichés.

12.       Don't be redundant; don't use more words than necessary; it's highly superfluous.

13.       Profanity sucks.

14.       Be more or less specific.

15.       Understatement is always best.

16.       Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.

17.       One-word sentences? Eliminate.

18.       Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.

19.       The passive voice is to be avoided.

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

21.       Even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.


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Comment balloon 3 commentsJoe Petrowsky • July 11 2018 02:27PM


Haha, love these. I guess we should ignore all of them!

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) almost 2 years ago

Good morning Joe. Remember so many rules from school. Now the idea is to get the message across! Times change! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) almost 2 years ago

I don't know where you got all of these but I enjoyed them. Thanks!

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) almost 2 years ago