How to write good. A comical look at potential blog writing skills.

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Real Estate Agent with Watson Realty Corp

When I was taking a real estate class recently, I had a conversation about blog writing with the instructor. The next day he handed me an amusing article by Frank L. Visco. I get a good chuckle whenever I look at it. The truth is that if you follow this advice, it might nake you a better blog writer. For me, I'm not sure there is really help, but maybe for you there might be. 

How to write good by Frank L. Visco

My several years in the word game have learnt me several rules:

  1. Avoid alliteration. Always.
  2. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with. 
  3. Avoid cliches like the plague. (They're old hat.)
  4. Employ the vernacular.
  5. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc. 
  6. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary.
  7. It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.
  8. Contractions aren't necessary.
  9. Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.
  10. One should never generalize.
  11. Eliminate quotations. As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said: "I hate quotations. Tell me what you know."
  12. Comparisons are as bad as cliches.
  13. Don't be redundant; don't use more words than necessary; it's highly superfluous.
  14. Profanity sucks.
  15. Be more or less specific.
  16. Understatement is always best.
  17. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.
  18. One-word sentences? Eliminate.
  19. Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.
  20. The passive voice is to be avoided.
  21. Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.
  22. Even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.
  23. Who needs rhetorical questions?
Right. I know I am guilty of several of these (particularly ending in a preposition and writing parenthetical comments. Case in point.) Still, I found it quite humorous and thought you might too.
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Rainmaker
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Melissa Marro
St Augustine, St Johns, Ponte Vedra
Watson Realty Corp
I hope everyone understands that I wrote this because I thought it was humorous. Thanks again for commenting!
July 19, 2012 09:02 PM
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Gene Riemenschneider
Turning Houses into Homes
Home Point Real Estate

Very cute and a good way to make a point.  (I love putting stuff in parenthesis).

July 19, 2012 10:06 PM
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Joy Daniels
Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd.

Bummer - I love Rhetorical questions. . . C'est la vie (Should we use foreign languages?). . . rhetorial questions, foreign languages, parenthesis. . . what is the world coming too?

Thanks for the post - it was fun!

July 21, 2012 06:18 AM
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Debra Gould
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Staging Diva / Six Elements Inc.

Amusing and clever, thanks for sharing Melissa.

July 21, 2012 11:23 AM
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MaryBeth Mills Muldowney
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TradeWinds Realty Group LLC

oh wow can you believe how many rules I can violate in just one post!

November 07, 2012 05:13 PM
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