Saturday, November 9, 2013

Orwell's Questions

Previously, I posted some writing rules.

Here is another selection from that pdf.  This time, it's Orwell's Questions.

What am I trying to say?
What words will express it?
What image or idiom will make it clearer?
Is this image fresh enough to have an effect?
Could I put it more shortly?
Have I said anything that is avoidably ugly?

(When I typed this list, I almost typed What image or idiot will make it clearer?  I guess idiots sometimes make everyone else look better, so maybe that works just as well!)

What questions do you ask yourself when you are writing?

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