1. Verbs HAS to agree with their subjects.
2. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
And don't start a sentence with a conjunction.
4. It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.
5. Avoid cliches
like the plague. (They're old hat)
6. Also, always avoid annoying alliteration.
7. Be more or less
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
12. Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.
13. Do not be redundant; do not use more words than
14. One should NEVER generalize.
15. Comparisons are as bad as cliches.
Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.
17. One-word sentences? Eliminate.
18. Analogies in writing
are like feathers on a snake.
19. The passive voice is to be ignored.
20. Eliminate commas, that are, not
necessary. Parenthetical words
however should be enclosed in commas.
21. Never use a big word when a diminutive
one would suffice.
22. Use words correctly, irregardless of how others use them.
23. Understatement is always
the absolute best way to put forth
24. Eliminate quotations. As Ralph Waldo Emerson
said, "I hate
quotations. Tell me what you know."
25. If you've heard it once, you've heard it a thousand times:
hyperbole; not one writer in a million can use it correctly.
26. Puns are for children, not groan readers.
Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.
28. Even IF a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.
Who needs rhetorical questions?
30. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.
And the last
31. Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.