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Five Principles to Improve Your Writing

Excluding the poets, there are two kinds of writer: those that are geniuses and those that are not. The geniuses need no guidance. The other group, where most of us must accept our place sooner or later, require, in addition to a working knowledge of grammar, some general principles to guide us in the pursuit of style. For non-geniuses to hope to do without them is folly; one non-genius may succeed without principles — this is true — but another nine will flounder, fall, and eventually fail, when they might have otherwise succeeded. Therefore, writing without principles is a gamble to be…