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George Orwell On Writing Tips

  • January 16, 2015


  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.
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9 Comments on George Orwell On Writing Tips

  • Marlyn Culunge says:
    January 30, 2019 at 1:59 AM

    Great tips to any writer. In summary, just get straight to the point.


  • Joan Tindi says:
    January 26, 2019 at 9:17 PM

    Very helpful tips. The take home message here is that in writing, simplicity goes a long way.


  • jolly555 says:
    January 23, 2019 at 9:06 AM

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


  • brainedet says:
    January 23, 2019 at 12:28 AM

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


  • Miaka Yuuki says:
    January 22, 2019 at 11:33 PM

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


  • Gabby says:
    January 22, 2019 at 11:11 PM

    Haha love the last tip! Great tips from a great writer!


  • Glad says:
    January 22, 2019 at 10:33 PM

    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.


  • Maury Cheskes says:
    January 22, 2019 at 4:27 PM

    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.


  • Danielle M says:
    January 22, 2019 at 2:30 PM

    Wow, Thanks for sharing your tips, you were very especific and got to the point.


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