I saw this little ditty by William Safire and thought it was worth passing along. :) Mr. Safire was a long-time syndicated political columnist for the New York Times and a regular contributor to "On Language" in the New York Times Magazine.
"Great Rules of Writing"
Do not put statements in the negative form.
And don't start sentences with a conjunction.
If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a
great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.
Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do.
Unqualified superlatives are the worst of all.
If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.
Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.
Last, but not least, avoid cliches like the plague.