Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Orwell's Six Rules of Writing


1. Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
2. Never use a long word where a short one will do.
3. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
4. Never use the passive where you can use the active.
5. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
6. Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.

-George Orwell

(I know the photo doesn't really have anything to do with the content of this post, but it's cool, no?)

1 comment:

Darian James said...

so true. i like this quote of his: 'writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some illness.'