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1. Ernest Hemingway:
There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
2. Elmore Leonard:
If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.
3. Anton Chekov:
Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.
4. George Orwell:
Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
Never use a long word where a short one will do.
If it is possible to cut a word out, cut it out.
Never use the passive where you can use the active.
Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
Break any of these rules sooner than saying anything outright barbarous.