This week I saw a list of 23 rules of writing posted on Facebook recently. The list, attributed to Frank L. Visco, had the following title: How To Write Good. Here are my ten favorites of this list of 23:
- Avoid Alliteration. Always.
- Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
- Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.
- It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.
- The passive voice is to be avoided. (That one is for you Ms. Crumpton – Sr. AP English Comp)
- Foreign words and phrases are never apropos.
- One-word sentences? Eliminate.
- Even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.
- Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.
- Don’t be redundant; don’t use more words than necessary; it is highly superfluous.
After reading this list, I started thinking about a tongue-in-cheek look at living as a Christian. Here is my submission:
- Lovingly gossip about others.
- Learn to be patient with others, NOW!
- Make peace by coercing others to agree with you.
- Judging me makes you wrong.
- It is more blessed for YOU to give.
- Consider others before yourself when there is a job to do and you don’t want to do it.
- Always tell others when you do something nice for someone else, that way you are shining your light.
- Pray so that everyone sees you, and ridicules you, so that you are blessed by persecution.
- Let me get that speck out of your eye.
- And most importantly: Be humble, like I am.