The Seven Deadly Sins of Bad Writing
The First Deadly Sin: Passive Voice
The Second Deadly Sin: Incorrect Punctuation of Two Independent Clauses
The Third Deadly Sin: Wordiness
The Fourth Deadly Sin: Misuse of the Apostrophe
The Fifth Deadly Sin: Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers
The Sixth Deadly Sin: Pronoun Problems
The Seventh Deadly Sin: Committing Pet Peeves
If you click here, you can access the website for the Nesbitt-Johnston Writing Center at Hamilton College.
Hamilton is a small liberal arts college in upstate New York known for teaching great writing. [John Nichols' novel The Sterile Cuckoo is set there, and the 1969 movie version starring Liza Minnelli was filmed on its very pretty campus.]
The Writing Center website is full of great tips and teaching ideas, including the list of seven deadly sins of bad writing above. Each sin links to a full explanation of why the flames await those who practice that particular transgression.
Enjoy! (Or risk damnation!)