George Orwell’s Six Rules of Effective Writing
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.