Saturday, August 27, 2016

George Orwell, My Hero, Posited Six Rules for Writing

A famous and beloved set of guidelines. The first is demanding but essential; the second does not mean "dumb down your text" (something Orwell doesn't do); the third does not mean "only write in short sentences" (something Orwell doesn't do); the fourth adds energy and power and specificity to your prose; the fifth is simple common sense; the sixth makes you, the writer, responsible for avoiding barbarity. If only politicians made a point of observing all six.