Want to become a better writer? Questions to ask.

by Anna Blanch on July 13, 2010

Six questions George Orwell suggests you ask of every sentence you compose:

  1. What am I try­ing to say?
  2. What words will express it?
  3. What image or idiom will make it clearer?
  4. Is this image fresh enough to have an effect?
  5. Could I put it more shortly?
  6. Have I said any­thing that is avoid­ably ugly?

This is from this fea­ture — writ­ing tips from six greats. via St Eutychus.

Image:  Faber
Anna M Blanch is founder of Goannatree, and a PhD candidate in the Institute of Theology, Imagination, and the Arts, University of St Andrews. When she’s not writing her doctoral thesis, or here, Anna also writes over at Transpositions.

  • http://rhyminggame.blogspot.com/ Carolyn

    Thanks for sharing those… every sentence, hey? What a long process writing can be.
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