George Orwell’s 6 rules for writers

In his essay Politics and the English Language, which is packed with great advice for writers, George Orwell offers up these rules as worth following.

  • Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
  • Never use a long word where a short one will do.
  • If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
  • Never use the passive where you can use the active.
  • Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
  • Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.

Read the entire essay.



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