Rules for Writing "Good"
Some Examples of Poor Writing in Self-Illustration:
- Each pronoun should agree with their
- Between You and i, case is important.
- A writer must be sure to avoid using
sexist pronouns in his writing.
- Verbs has to agree with their subjects.
- Dont be a person whom people realize
confuses who and whom.
- Never use no double negatives.
- Never use a preposition to end a sentence
with. That is something up with which your readers will not put.
- When writing, participles must not be
- Be careful to never, under any circumstances,
- Hopefully, you wont float your
- A writer must not shift your point of
- Lay down and die before using a transitive
verb without an object.
- Join clauses good, like a conjunction
- The passive voice should be avoided.
- About sentence fragments.
- Dont verb nouns.
- In letters themes reports and ad copy
use commas to separate items in a series.
- Dont use commas, that arent
- Dont overuse quotation
- Parenthetical remarks (however relevant)
are (if the truth be told) superfluous.
- Contractions wont, dont,
and cant help your writing voice.
- Dont write run-on sentences they
are hard to read.
- Dont forget to use end punctuation
- Its important to use apostrophes
in all the right places.
- Dont abbrev.
- Dont overuse exclamation marks!!!
- Resist Unnecessary Capitalization.
- Avoid mispelllings.
- Check to see if you any words out.
- One word sentences? Eliminate.
- Avoid annoying, affected, and awkward
- Never, ever use repetitive redundancies.
- The bottom line is to bag trendy locutions
that sound flaky.
- By observing the distinctions between
adjectives and adverbs, you will treat your readers real good.
- Parallel structure will help you in
writing more effective sentences and to express yourself more
- In my own personal opinion at this point
in time, I think that authors, when they are writing, should
not get into the habit of making use of too many unnecessary
words that they dont really need.
- Foreign words and phrases are the readers
bete noire and are not apropos.
- Who needs rhetorical questions?
- Always go in search for the correct
- Do not cast statements in the negative
- And dont start sentences with
- Avoid mixed metaphors. They will kindle
a flood of confusion in your readers.
- Eliminate quotations. As Ralph Waldo
Emerson said, I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.
- Analogies in writing are like feathers
on a snake.
- Go around the barn at high noon to avoid
- Be more or less specific.
- If Ive told you once, Ive
told you a thousand times, exaggeration is a billion times worse
than understatement, which is always best.
- Never use a big word when you can utilize
a diminutive word.
- Profanity sucks.
- Last but not least, even if you have
to bend over backwards, avoid clichés like the plague.
- This sentence is false.
- Chameleons cant lie.
- This sentence contradicts itselfor
ratherwell, no, actually it doesnt.
- Disobey this command.
- This sentence contains exactly threee
- This yields falsehood when appended
to its quotation. This yields falsehood when appended to
- What is it like to be asked, What
is it like to be asked, self-embedded in quotes after a comma?
self-embedded in quotes after a comma?
- What is a question that can serve as
its own answer?
- In order to make sense of this
sentence, you will have to ignore the quotes in it.
- No, I have decided to change
my mind; when the triple quotes close, just skip directly to
the period and ignore everything up to it.
- A creux qui ne comprenment pas langlais,
la phrase citee ci-dessous ne dict rien: For those who
know no French, the French sentence that introduced this French
sentence has no meaning.
- Ask a self-answering question and get
a self-questioning answer.
- Exam in college: Write a question suitable
for an exam in this course, and then answer it. Answer: Write
a question suitable for an exam in this course, and then answer
- What is a question that mentions the
word umbrella for no apparent reason?
- How far across the page will this question
- Is this a rhetorical question, or is
this a rhetorical question?
- The following sentence is true; the
preceding sentence is false.
- This sentence refers to all sentences
that do not refer to themselves.
- Write a computer program that prints
out a list of all programs that do not ever print themselves
out. Will this program ever print itself out?
- This sentence does in fact not have
the property it claims not to have.
- Reward for information leading to the
arrest and conviction of anyone removing this sentence.
- It goes without saying that....
- Proper writingand youve
heard this a million times beforeavoids exaggeration.
- Four score and seven words ago, this
sentence hadnt started yet.
- This sentence would be seven words long
if it were six words shorter.
- because I didnt think of a good
beginning for it.
- This sentence was in the past tense.
- This sentence has contains two verbs.
- This sentence contains one numeral 2
- A preposition this sentence ends in.
- In the time it takes you to read this
sentence, eighty-six letters could have been processed by your
- This is not a complete. Sentence. This
- This sentence has cabbage six words.
- This is to be or actually not two sentences
to be, that is the question, combined.
- It feels so good to have your eyes run
over my curves and serifs.
- This sentence is a !!! premature punctuator
- This sentence, though not interrogative,
nevertheless ends in a question mark?
- This sentence has no punctuation semicolon
the others do period
- This hear sentince dont no inglish
- If you meet this sentence on your paper,
- This sentence verbs good, like a sentence
- This sentence no verb.
- I have nothing to say, and I am saying
- I have nothing to do, and I am doing
- Do you read me?
- This prophecy will come true.
- This sentence will end before you can
say, Jack Robi
- Does this sentence remind you of Agatha
- It is quite possible for people filled
with self-doubt to recognize this trait in themselves, and to
begin to doubt their own self-doubt.
- I am not the subject of this sentence.
- I am jealous of the first word in this
- I am simultaneously writing and being
- I am the thought you are now thinking.
- I am thinking about myself right now.
- I am the set of neural firings taking
place in your brain as you read the set of letters in this sentence
and think about me.
- This inert sentence is my body, but
my soul is alive, dancing in the sparks of your brain.
- Do you think anyone has ever had precisely
this thought before?
- When you are not looking at it, this
sentence is in Spanish.
- I had to translate this sentence into
English because I could not read the original Sanskrit.
- If this sentence were in Chinese it
would say something else.
- If this sentence didnt exist,
somebody would have invented it.
- If I had finished this sentence,
- What if?
- Cut me out, twist me, and glue me to
form a Mobius strip, please.
- This isnt the sentence I had in
mind when I wrote it.