A Short Guide to Writing Well warns against the common slips that will make readers call you “illiterate”. It covers the English language from alliteration to zeugma, from overstatement (hyperbole) to understatement (litotes). But you don’t have to speak Ancient Greek to write English well – stick to Anglo-Saxon. “Friendly” sounds so much more appealing than “amicable”. Forget about “varying your sentence structure” and the dreaded “fronted adverbial” – construct your sentence like a Hitchcock movie: set the scene, who did what to whom, and the consequence was. Don’t put the cart before the horse!