How to Write Good, by Frank L. Visco

Frank contributed these eleven rules to the world over two decades ago. They’ve become legendary and borderline folklore since then. Because no blog on writing, grammar, or punctuation is credible without mention of these rules, Gramlee proudly pays tribute to Frank’s contribution.

  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.”


Credit: Frank L. Visco and The Write Good Shop