1. Be more or less specific.
2. Use not bad grammars.
3. Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.
4. Don't use no double negatives.
5. Avoid tumbling off the cliff of triteness into the dark
abyss of overused metaphors.
6. Take care that your verb and your subject is in
7. No sentence fragments.
8. Placing a comma between subject and predicate, is not
9. Who needs rhetorical questions?
10. Use the apostrophe in it's proper place.
11. Avoid colloquial stuff, like totally.
12. Avoid those run-on sentences you know the ones they stop
and then start again they should be separated with
13. The passive voice should be used infrequently.
14. And don't start sentences with a conjunction.
15. Excessive use of exclamation points can be
16. Exaggeration is a million times worse than
17. Stamp out and eliminate redundancy because, if you
reread your work, you will find on rereading that a great
deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing,
so reread your work and improve it by editing out the
repetition you noticed during the rereading.
18. It's incumbent on one to employ the vernacular and
19. It's not O.K. to use ampersands & abbreviations.
20. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are usually
(but not always) an obstacle for readers (and make it harder
on readers even if you're being careful).
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Updated: April 16, 2003