By Tyler Durden

The RSF Post is a community newspaper and its usefulness depends on community members like you contributing content. Don’t be shy. What’s been bugging you lately? Have you noticed any accomplishments you can share? What are the kinds of issues you talk about with your friends and neighbors? What about Art Jury actions, rules or regulations, utility bills or issues, social events, community, school or sports happenings…you get the drift? Those are all worth sharing with the larger community.

As you ponder what to write, consider that your content can be long or short, amusing or serious, and as formal or informal as you’d like. Here are a few wise and funny pointers from a great writer:

WRITING DOS & DON’TS  by William Safire:

  1. Avoid run-on sentences they are hard to read.
  2. Don’t use no double negatives.
  3.  Use the semicolon properly, always use it where it is appropriate; and never where it isn’t.
  4. Reserve the apostrophe for it’s proper use and omit it when its not needed.
  5. Do not put statements in the negative form.
  6. Verbs has to agree with their subjects.
  7. No sentence fragments.
  8. Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.
  9. If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.
  10. Steer clear of incorrect verb forms that have snuck into the language.
  11. Take the bull by the hand in leading away from mixed metaphors.
  12. Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.
  13. Never, ever use repetitive redundancies.
  14. Everyone should be careful to use a singular pronoun with singular nouns in their writing.
  15. I must have told you a million times to resist hyperbole.
  16. Also, avoid awkward and affected alliteration.
  17. “Avoid overuse of ‘quotation “marks” ‘ “.
  18. Avoid commas, that are not necessary.
  19. A writer must not shift your point of view.
  20. And don’t start a sentence with a conjunction.
  21. Don’t overuse exclamation marks!!!!!
  22. Place pronouns as close as possible, especially in long sentences, as of ten or more words, to their antecedents.
  23. Write all adverbial forms correct.
  24. Avoid un-necessary hyphenation.
  25. When dangling, watch your participles.
  26. It is incumbent on us to avoid archaic phrases.
  27. Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do.
  28. It’s hard to imagine a phrase when you will have needed the future perfect.
  29. Unqualified superlatives are the worst.
  30. Last but not least, avoid clich├ęs like the plague.

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