Rules For Better Writing

Rules For Better Writing

 (Unknown Author)

1. Verbs HAS to agree with their subjects.

2. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.

3. And don’t start a sentence with a conjunction.

4. It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.

5. Avoid clichés like the plague. (They’re old hat)

6. Also, always avoid annoying alliteration.

7. Be more or less specific.

8. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are (usually)unnecessary.

9. Also too, never, ever use repetitive redundancies.

10. No sentence fragments.

11. Contractions aren’t necessary and shouldn’t be used.

12. Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.

13. Do not be redundant; do not use more words than necessary; it’s
highly superfluous.

14. One should NEVER generalize.

15. Comparisons are as bad as clichés.

16. Don’t use no double negatives.

17. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.

18. One-word sentences? Eliminate.

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

20. The passive voice is to be ignored.

21. Eliminate commas, that are, not necessary. Parenthetical words
however should be enclosed in commas.

22. Never use a big word when a diminutive one would suffice.

23. Kill all exclamation points!!!

24. Use words correctly, irregardless of how others use them.

25. Understatement is always the absolute best way to put forth earth
shaking ideas.

26. Use the apostrophe in it’s proper place and omit it when its not

27. Eliminate quotations. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “I hate
quotations. Tell me what you know.”

28. If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times: Resist
hyperbole; not one writer in a million can use it correctly.

29. Puns are for children, not groan readers.

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

31. Even IF a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.

32. Who needs rhetorical questions?

33. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.

Lord, every single gift comes from You…“Lift my gaze to see life from Your perspective. Help me to understand-and treasure-every good thing You send…”(From James 1:7)   One Thousand Gifts
721. The blessing of Joy and Hannah having a few fun days away at grandparents
722.  Only my left chest and back were burned during radiation, not the rest of me.  In the past I have cared for burn patients with the majority of their bodies severely burned. Some of them screamed in pain when their dressings were changed.  They would gladly exchange their burns for mine.  My skin hurts and it looks like an ugly mess to me but it is temporary.  God will grow me back some new skin.  I can be happy for the many people who only get a mild sunburn type reaction from radiation even though that wasn’t what happened to me, it could be much, much worse.  God has helped me through every single thing that I did not want to do in fighting cancer, gave me the courage to do it, and it is behind me.  I can press forward now.  In God’s economy I can be brave, hopeful, and unafraid.  I choose to live in God’s economy.
723.  A precious friend emailed me this: “but God is faithful through my discouraging responses and I am thankful for His grace and that His mercies are new every morning.”
I got her permission to quote her here. That’s what I feel like too. I mess up all the time.  I’m so glad for 1 John 1:9 and that He does  forgive , cleanse us from all unrighteousness,  and pull us out of our pits, even though we often keep crawling back to where we don’t want to be in our responses , etc.  He has so much better for us than the flesh.  I love that quote ,”When Satan reminds you of your past, remind him of his future.”  There is therefore now NO condemnation in Christ Jesus.  I have been lamenting over this exact thing of “my discouraging responses” in my own life.  Like Paul, so often I do what I don’t want to be doing and don’t do what I should be doing.  I’m glad God included that in the Bible. God alone truly is my hope–not just with the cancer thing but with all my thoughts, attitudes, actions.
Continuing some “Cant’s” of cancer:
Cancer can’t get me down unless I let it.  I must not let it.  I will not let it.
Cancer can’t take away the happy memories that will always be mine to cherish.  I can make some lovely new ones too that cancer can’t touch.
Some “Cans” of cancer:
Cancer can introduce me to an amazing sisterhood of fellow breast cancer survivors as well as other courageous people fighting other battles.  Cancer has already flung open the doors of my world and invited some beautiful new friends into my life and will continue to do so.
Cancer can take away my haiir and it did, but only for a season.  It was temporary.  It’s growing back.  Even though it is not returning in the color I had and would have never chosen for myself unless I was much older than I am ;). There is always hair dye if I want. It is my very own hair again, only softer and  I appreciate having hair more than ever. It’s comfortable and not hot and itchy like a wig. It’s going to grow long enough that I’ll even need to comb it again, yeah!!!  Men who loose their hair as they age don’t get a new crop to replace what fell out like I have the privilege of getting.     Three cheers for hair!  Hip, hip, hooray for hair!  Thank You God for hair on my head and for returning eyelashes and eyebrows!  Too bad armpit and leg hair grows so well despite chemo.  Ha!
Cancer can (and is) making me into a person that is leaning harder on God, seeking Him more, resting deeper in His love, who is stronger in the strength of the Lord.
Cancer can make me a more compassionate person with many new experiences under my belt that allow me the blessing of being able to “be there” for others going through similar circumstances.
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2 Responses to Rules For Better Writing

  1. Kathy Geiger says:

    I love your CANs of Cancer. They are so true and though I fail often and even have a hard time thinking of God when I end up in the hospital as I did again this past Wednesday, I am so thankful for the Eucharistic Ministers who bring me Jesus in the Eucharist when I most sorely need Him, for then He is called to mind as I partake of Him in the Eucharist.

    Thank you Jesus for meeting us just where we are. Thank you for always being there for me and for all of us who have the privilege of knowing you. Amen.

    God Bless. Kathy

  2. Paula says:

    Dear Kathy,

    SO sorry you ended back in the hospital! Was it the blood clot again? Hope you are MUCH better now.

    Keep fightin’! Confrats on 1/2 way thruy radiation!

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