Kootenai River in NW Montana, near Canadian Border

Kootenai River in NW Montana, near Canadian Border
photo by Gene Tunick of Eureka, Montana

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Saying for Writers #107 - Safire

Another Quotation which Might (or Might Not) Inspire You to Write:
"Do not put statements in the negative form. And don't start sentences with a conjunction. If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing. Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do. Unqualified superlatives are the worst of all. If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is. Last, but not least, avoid cliches like the plague." - William Safire

1 comment:

  1. Makes a lot of sense. Especially long words. It's frustrating when you read a long word and have to stop and look it up to see its meaning.