Join Judy Steiner-Williams for an in-depth discussion in this video Edit flow and content of writing, part of Writing in Plain English.
- Ever heard of the ABCs of writing?…Most writing books identify that as…the acronym for accuracy, brevity, and clarity.…Another variation is active voice,…brevity, and common sense.…I think the common sense part is…that all writing needs to be edited and revised…with a purpose, and that purpose…it to be sure it's accurate, concise, and clear;…that it qualifies as plain English.…I can almost hear you, "No!…"Not the dreaded editing and revising!…"After all, if I followed all the principles…"of plain English as I wrote, shouldn't my first draft…"be my final draft?"…Maybe you laboriously checked each word as you used it.…
You counted the number of words in each sentence you wrote…and the number of syllables in each word.…You counted the number of lines in each paragraph.…You made certain you didn't use the indefinite…there and it and avoided every word…that ended in T I O N.…Really?…Let's be honest and realistic.…You didn't do that, did you?…No one does!…And you shouldn't.…Statistically, we should spend 40% of our time…
If you can write in plain English, you can save time, save money, and save face in communications. Start watching to learn how to make your writing more "plain": stronger, clearer, and more concise.
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- Understanding plain English
- Catching mistakes by reading aloud
- Simplifying sentences
- Using strong verbs and meaningful words
- Avoiding corporate jargon
- Finding the right voice and tone
- Editing flow and content
- Writing in a conversational style