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Orwells six rules to successful writingWhat questions does an author ask himself when he sits down to write George Orwells views on politics and the English language explains what should be going through your mind as you write You should be thinking six questions as you write and when you finish and read it over you should be editing with six more questions in order to be successful Orwell follows his own rules closely as seen in 1984 These rules have made him a successful writer in our time Most prose has become vague and incompetent Words are no longer chosen for their meaning but for their lack of meaning When an author set out to write he should be thinking of these six questions What am I trying to say What words will express it What image or idiom will make it clearer Is this image fresh enough to have an effect Could I put it more shortly Have I said anything that is avoidably ugly Letting the meaning choose the word is a much more effective way to say exactly what you mean For several seconds he was too stunned to even throw the incriminating thing into the memory hole Said Wilson after receiving the love note from Julia He found out for the first time that Julia was on his side The incriminating evidence that she was committing a though crime and it lie in his hands awaiting him judgement The memory hole being the place where all evidence burned All memory is lost in this hole A good example of allowing the meaning to choose the words A successful example of letting you know what he is trying to say Short yet very expressivePhraseology is to name things without calling up mental pictures of them However the enemy of clear language is insincerity In order to avoid insincerity you should follow the six rules for writing well Never use a metaphor
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