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Writing Tips & COMPETITION TIME
There are plenty of great writing tips that are out there to help improve your writing.
But could they go further? Could these pearls of wisdom help with life outside of the page?
Writing Tip: Show not tell
Understood by IKEA
Not understood by History Teachers
Writing Tip: Omit needless words
Understood by Monks
Not understood by Estate Agents, lawyers, people at dinner parties
Writing Tip: Don't use cliches
Understood by babies
Not understood by your Boss
Writing Tip: Don't keep switching point of view (POV)
Understood by Cows
Not understood by Politicians
Writing Tip: Connect with people's emotions
Understood by school dinner ladies ( Yuck ! )
Not understood by automated answer machines: Press 1 if you hate me, traffic wardens
Writing Tip: Less is More
Understood by Bonsai lovers
Not understood by your tax demand, your children at Xmas
Writing Tip: Keep the tension and pace going
Understood by Formula 1
Not understood by Post Office queues
Writing Tip: Do not use dialect unless your ear is good
Understood by impressionists
Not understood by George Smith at eleven-o-clock Friday Night at the Fox & Hound.
COMPETITION TIME :
There has got to be more ! Leave a comment in the style above and add your own to the list. Best one wins a copy of both books below, which are books that I would recommend to any writer learning their trade.
The Elements of Style by William Strunk & E.B. White
(Read an extract here.)
On Writing by Stephen King
Good luck. Competition closes on the 31st October.