Fifteen Rules for Effective Writing

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It is in this regard that the objective of this paper is to present fifteen writing rules and determine their applicability to contemporary writing whether the so-called rule is: always true. only true in certain situations, or never true.The first six rules are derived from George Orwell, (whose real name is Eric Arthur Blair), a British author who established himself as one of the most important and influential voices of the century. (Orwell 1945)1. Never use a metaphor, simile, or another figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print. (Orwell 1945) I think this is only true in certain situations. Although a writer is always encouraged to be innovative and present new ideas, at times, it is better to use other figures of speech as appropriate for the situation. Therefore, the applicability of this rule depends on the writing topic and the situation which calls for their use.2. Never use a long word where a short one will do. (Orwell 1945) This is always true. This is one of the rules which is being observed in effective writing due to the clarity and conciseness that short words provide. There might be misconceptions that by using the long word, the writer is perceived as being intelligent or verbose. The objective of the essay3. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out. (Orwell 1945) This is also always true. Effective writing relays information which should be clearly understood. Unnecessary words have tendencies to dilute or confuse the meaning that the writer aims to relay.4. Never use the passive where you can use the active. (Orwell 1945) This is never true. Despite the theory on passive versus active voice being constantly reinforced in English classes during the primary and secondary levels of education, there are still tendencies for people to forget their distinguishingcharacteristics over time.