The great George Orwell says:
A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus:
- 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?
And he will probably ask himself two more:
- Could I put it more shortly?
- Have I said anything that is avoidably ugly?
I absolutely love this! I am such a huge fan of George Orwell and think this will definitely come in handy when constructing my sentences. I would like to add one more though … and that is:
- Have I already said this before?
What are your tips on constructing a solid sentence, or even a paragraph?