The new rules for good writing?

There’s an interesting article by Sam Leith in today’s Guardian newspaper, grandly titled ‘The new rules for good writing in the 21st century’, with just a touch of hubris.

I don’t agree with everything in the article, but there’s plenty of solid advice there and it’s definitely worth reading. I now feel suitably educated, not least having never previously heard of a right-branching sentence.

Just to pick up one thing, do we need to be told never to start our emails to strangers at work with the greeting ‘Hi’? Not in my world.

I do like that ‘be clear’ is ranked above ‘be correct’, with the lovely instruction on clarity to put simplicity first, but that ‘splashes of colour stand out better on a plain background’.

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