Guide to Academic Writing Article - Management - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

William Safire's Rules for Writers

  • Remember to never split an infinitive.
  • The passive voice should never be used.
  • Do not put statements in the negative form.
  • Verbs has got to agree with their subjects.
  • Proofread carefully to see if you words out.
  • If you reread your work, you can find on rereading a great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.
  • A writer must not shift your point of view.
  • And don't start a sentence with a conjunction.
  • Don't overuse exclamation marks!!
  • Place pronouns as close as possible, especially in long sentences, as of 10 or more words, to their antecedents.
  • Writing carefully, dangling participles must be avoided.
  • If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.
  • Take the bull by the hand and avoid mixing metaphors.
  • Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.
  • Everyone should be careful to use a singular pronoun with singular nouns in their writing.
  • Always pick on the correct idiom.
  • The adverb always follows the verb.
  • Last but not least, avoid cliches like the plague; seek viable alternatives.
  • Never use a preposition to end a sentence with.
  • Avoid annoying alliteration.
  • Don't verb nouns.
  • Don't use no double negatives.
  • Make each pronoun agree with their antecedent.
  • When dangling, watch your participles.
  • Don't use commas, which aren't necessary.
  • Verbs has to agree with their subjects.
  • About those sentence fragments.
  • Try to not ever split infinitives.
  • Its important to use apostrophe's correctly.
  • Always read what you have written to see if you've any words out.
  • Correct spelling is esential.
  • Proofread you writing.
  • Between you and I, case is important.
  • Verbs has to agree with their antecedents.