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Creative Writing Resources

There are a million and one websites providing writing support for creative writers, so I won’t re-invent the wheel here. Here is a list of resources you may find useful.

George Orwell on Writing

George Orwell created a short neat list of do’s and don’ts and beyond these, we all need to practice and practice and practice.

This is hardly a recent problem, and as George Orwell wrote in his 1946 essay, Politics and the English Language, the condition is curable. By following Orwell’s 5 rules for effective writing, you’ll distinguish yourself from competitors and clearly communicate your ideas.

1. Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.

Unless it’s in dialogue and your character is using familiar idiom’s and well worn phrases that are common but convey a good feel of who it is that’s speaking.

You the author are not common – you are special, an authority on the world you are writing about, so your outlook ought to be fresh and invigorating.

2. Never use a long word where a short one will do.

For obvious reasons but perhaps should spell it out – brevity is engaging. Long words intimidate.
3. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.

See (2).

4. Never use the passive where you can use the active.

I hit you. You were not hit by me.
5. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.

Except in dialogue or when you are writing for the specialist magazine read by people in the jelly making industry.

6. Break any of these rules sooner than saying anything outright barbarous.

Read more at http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/george-orwells-5-rules-for-effective-writing/#GvZmIrmcbwDxCVqM.99

Stephen King’s ‘On Writing’ is very good as well.


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