Forget everything your teachers taught you in school and listen close: it's not about knowing how to diagram a sentence or tell the difference between elusion, illusion and allusion. Writing well is about getting ideas across in a way that makes people want to keep reading, and more importantly, not beat you about the head with your own work. I'll be giving simple tips for writing effective prose and not getting bogged down in trying to fit some paradigm of "good writing."
Don’t dress your writing up
with words you barely
understand. This just shows
that you own a thesaurus,
and doesn’t impress anyone.
Bad writing makes me want to
Literally, it makes me ill.
Oh, and don’t misuse “literally.” Or “ironic,”
for that matter.
It would be ironic if I’d
misused the word “literally” in
my last slide. If you don’t
understand the concept, you
have no business using this
Things that are NOT ironic:
• Winning the lottery and dying the next day
• Good advice that you didn’t take (bad
• Meeting the man of your dreams and then
meeting his beautiful wife (bad luck)
Learn the rules. Then discard them as
• Some of the rules are really important!
– Noun and verb (number) agreement
– Proper punctuation
– Run-on sentences
• Some of the rules are kinda BS!
– Splitting your verb phrase
– Using contractions