Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Writing Rules

Rule #1: No sentence fragments.

Rule #2: Avoid run-on sentences they are hard to read.

Rule #3: A writer must not shift your point of view.

See what is happening?

In How Not to Write, William Safire breaks the rules he pronounces, then creatively explains the rules, tossing in some rule breakers in his explanations.

Ideas for how to use this book:

  • Read the rules, finding and fixing the mistakes Safire includes.
  • Mark or highlight the times Safire breaks the rules in his explanations.
  • Demonstrate the rules with original, correctly-written sentences.
  • Marvel at how Safire can take potentially stuffy content and make it fun.

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