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Month: January, 2015

Who Is Your Constant Companion?

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I am your constant companion.
I am your greatest helper or heaviest burden.
I will Push you onward or drag you down to failure.
I am completely at your command.
Half of the things you do you might as well turn over to me and I will do them – quickly and correctly.
I am easily managed – You must be firm with me.
Show me exactly how you want something done and after a few lessons, I will do it automatically.
I am the servant of great people, and alas of all failures as well.
Those who are failures, I have made failures.
I am not a machine though I work with the precision of a machine plus the intelligence of a person.
You may run me up for profit or run me for ruin – It makes no difference to me.
Take me, train me, be firm with me and I will place the world at your feet.
Be easy with me and I will destroy you.
Whom am I?

I am Habit.

 

 
Author Unknown
Image: M.S.V.K. Prasad

 

George Orwell’s Six Rules of Effective Writing

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Eric Arthur Blair (1903 – 1950) is better known by his pen name, George Orwell. He was born in India.

An author and journalist, Orwell was one of the most prominent and influential figures in the twentieth-century literature. Animal Farm, his unique political allegory was published in 1945. And it was this novel, together with the distopia of Nineteen-Eighty-Four (1949) which brought him world-wide fame and recognition.

Here are his Six Rules of Effective Writing:

1. Never use a metaphor, simile or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
2. Never use a long word where a short one will do.
3. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
4. Never use the passive where you can use the active.
5. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon if you can think of an everyday English equivalent
6. Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.