I’m always interested in reading advice on writing from famous writers and journalists. Here is some advice from George Orwell – English novelist, essayist, journalist and critic.
Did you know that George Orwell was his pen-name? His real name is Eric Arthur Blair.
Here are his rules:
- 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 more about George Orwell on Wikipedia.
Better still, why not read one of his books – Nineteen Eight Four, Animal Farm or Homage to Catalonia? Many of his works are available on Project Gutenberg Australia.