I have mentioned the rules before but I think they're worth mentioning again, along with the fact that they are not mine. I saw them on another blog and wrote them down and taped them to my computer where I can see them. They are as follows:
*Put emphatic words at the end of the sentence -
*Use the active voice -
*Place statements in positive form, as in; she liked coffee vs she didn't like coffee -
*Use definite, concrete, specific language -
*Omit unnecessary words -
*Write in paragraphs; start a new one when introducing a new person, place, or time -
I like these because they're simple and easy to follow. What rules do you find helpful?