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George Orwell On Writing Tips


  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.

9 responses to “George Orwell On Writing Tips”

  1. George Orwell knows his stuff. I like his active over passive rule the most. His guidelines definitely adhere to all readers who want their text plain and simple and more engaging.

  2. Thanks for the tips they would really come in handy. I do make the mistake of using foreign words or big vocabs instead of sticking the everyday English vocabs. I really do appreciate.

  3. I may need a refresher course in English word rules for this. Subject verb agreement all that to better understand these points.

  4. These writing tips really make sense and good writers should imbibe them. No need making a long write when a short one can suffice.

  5. This is like writing thoughts on mable. These are true words and good for efficient writers. I hope we all take this to heart.

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