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Write the Vision and Make It Plain or Get Dizzy Trying

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Ever try to write a vision, a dream, or message, and make it plain enough that folks can understand it? I’ve been working on updating my books into ebooks and new paperbacks.

Yet, as a dyslexic writer, I often find myself spinning words around in my head that dizzily land on the page. Not good when you are trying to “write the vision and make it plain (Habakkuak 2:2).

So when I came across this list from William Safire’s book, Fumblerules, I just had to share it with you.

What’s a fumblerules, you ask? They are mistakes that call attention to the rule.

See how well you know the rules and fess up if you ever break them. I never do . . . . *rolls eyes and looks dizzy*

  • Avoid run-on sentences they are hard to read.
  • No sentence fragments.
  • It behooves us to avoid archaisms.
  • Also, avoid awkward or affected alliteration.
  • Don’t use no double negatives.
  • If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a thousand times: Resist hyperbole.
  • Avoid commas, that are not necessary.
  • Verbs has to agree with their subjects.
  • Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.
  • Writing carefully, dangling participles should not be used.
  • Kill all exclamation points!!!
  • Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do.
  • Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.
  • Take the bull by the hand, and don’t mix metaphors.
  • Don’t verb nouns.
  • Never, ever use repetitive redundancies.
  • Last, but not least, avoid clichés like the plague.

Are these rules you ever break? Do you have a favorite fumblerule you could share with us? We’d love to smile with you.

In Him together, Susan Gaddis

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This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Daniella

    This cracked me up! I’m sending this along to my boss, who’s the head curriculum editor at our company!

  2. Jeanne Dininni

    These are great, Susan! Definitely brought a chuckle!

    Here are two others:

    Passive voice should always be avoided.

    Never form plural’s by adding “‘s.”

  3. Susan Gaddis

    Good ones, Jeanne. (I almost put “one’s.”)

    Dani, I’ll bet your boss could add a few of his own. 🙂

  4. Jeanne Dininni

    That’s surprisingly easy to do — which is why proofreading is so important!

  5. Susan Gaddis

    You got it, folks–straight from the editor’s mouth. (Thanks Jeanne.) Now I will really have to be on my proofreading toes.

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