Another little gem

March 18, 2008

A little cyberslacking in an idle moment turned up a wonderfully funny list of writing tips on a slightly anonymous website called Psychoprogs. Slightly anonymous because the site contains little information about who writes or compiles it. I have to assume that the material is original. The one that caught my eye is the hilarious list of writing tips by someone called scorpio which include such useful advice as

  • Excessive hyperbole is literally the kiss of death.
  • A writer needs three qualities: creativity, originality, clarity and a good short term memory.
  • Mixed metaphors can kill two birds without a paddle.
  • Before using a cliché, run it up the flagpole and see if anybody salutes.
  • Understatement is a mindblowingly effective weapon.

and so on. The full list is at


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