Rice COMP 360 - Ten Rules for Good Writing (13 pages)

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Rice University
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Comp 360 - Computer Graphics
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Ten Rules for Good Writing Avoid the Word it it is vague Vague writing is bad writing Both the writer and the reader are confused by vagueness Usually it stands for some noun Use the noun avoid it Examples Bad We hold it to be self evident Good We hold these truths to be self evident Avoid Dangling Articles The words this and these are dangling articles Like the word it dangling articles are vague Always include the noun that the article modifies Examples Bad That to secure these governments are instituted among Men Good That to secure these rights governments are instituted among Men Use Strong Verbs In English verbs are the key words Use strong verbs Try to avoid to be to have to get to obtain Strong Verbs create build generate construct derive demonstrate prove Weak Verbs is are has have get obtain Use Strong Verbs continued Examples Weak All men are equal Strong All men are created equal Weak That they obtain from their creator Strong That they are endowed by their creator Use the Verb NOT the Noun In English many words have two forms a verb form and a noun form Often a noun can be generated from a verb by adding a suffix such as ion For example Verbs create construct derive demonstrate solve Nouns creation construction derivation demonstration solution Verbs are the strong words in English Whenever you have a choice between a verb and a noun use the verb not the noun Use the Verb NOT the Noun continued Weak All men are equal by creation Strong All men are created equal Weak That they have an endowment from their creator Strong That they are endowed by their creator One Idea Per Sentence Do not cram all your ideas into one sentence Each sentence should contain one main idea If you have two good ideas use two sentences Examples Bad Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof and excessive bail shall not be required nor excessive fines imposed Good Congress shall make no law respecting an



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