Two Writing Rules Broken

Two good writing rules:

  1. With a phrase or a sentence, put the most important idea at the end and the second-most important at the beginning.
  2. Express similar ideas with phrases that have parallel construction.

The following disobeys both rules:

A diet means that the next meal will be light. To get ready, you’ll go a little heavy in the current meal.

In the first sentence, the meal appears in the middle of the sentence. In the second, the meal appears at the end.

An improvement:

A diet means you intend to go light in the next meal. In readiness, you pile on a little extra in the current one.

Behold, humor springs to life!

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