Have you ever been around a person who has a negative outlook on life? Everything they say or do is with a frown and groan.
Here's a little tidbit that's interesting . . . "You know the old adage that it only takes 10 muscles to smile but it takes 100 to frown ..." --The New York Times, 19 April 1987.
If it takes more muscles to frown, why are people negative?
And did you know writing with negatives takes more words just like frowning takes more muscles?
For example . . .
"There should be no submission of payments without notification of the office, unless the payment does not exceed $100."
It's much easier to write with affirmatives, like this . . .
"If you submit more than $100, notify this office first."
Negative writing should be avoided unless it is truly necessary as in "No Trespassing." That's short and to the point, and might keep someone from getting hurt.
So for brevity sakes and to make your readers feel good use as many affirmatives as possible and smile.
Can you think of a negative phrase that absolutely needs to stay negative?