I found this quite humorous. I do wish Safire would have included what Orwell did after he gave his list of writing rules. He said, “break any of these rules instead of saying something outright barbarous.” This list is helpful, but as many authors have pointed out, rules are quite difficult to pin down when it comes to writing. That being said, enjoy the quote.
“Do not put statements in the negative form.
And don’t start sentences with a conjunction.
If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a
great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.
Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do.
Unqualified superlatives are the worst of all.
If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.
Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.
Last, but not least, avoid clichés like the plague.”–William Safire