May 09, 2008

George Orwell's 5 Rules for Effective Writing

I'm writing more frequently these days. Not to this blog, unfortunately. But for other web-zines such as Boxes and Arrows, which have a larger audience. My new place of work also has me writing more. Consultants write reports, summaries of studies, technical breifings, etc.

My father is an author. He's written five books, all non-fiction. My interest in writing, and style to some extent, is inspired by him.

On reading my articles, Dad gave me George Orwell's 5 Rules for Effective Writing. Clearly, he thinks I have yet to reach my potential and he's probably right. As much as this blog is a place for me to express and develop my thoughts, its a link log for me and others. This article is really valuable for people hacking away at writing because it mandates practices that are easy to understand, yet hard to do.

Excerpt: Language is the primary conductor between your brain and the minds of your audience. Ineffective language weakens and distorts ideas.

If you want to be understood, if you want your ideas to spread, using effective language must be your top priority.In the modern world of business and politics this is hardly ever the case. In many instances, imprecise language is used intentionally to avoid taking a position and offending various demographics.

Posted by Ant at 07:46 PM | Comments (0)