Join Judy Steiner-Williams for an in-depth discussion in this video Review basics of writing in plain English, part of Writing in Plain English.
- Before we look at the next steps,…let's go back to the beginning.…What is Plain English?…We can summarize all our beginning definitions…into this statement.…Writing that is easy to read and understand with one reading…because the language, structure, and presentation are clear.…We've examined a variety of ways to achieve Plain English,…user a readability index,…read it aloud,…avoid meaningless words,…have a coherent structure,…make it look reader friendly,…and revise until it meets our Plain English definition.…
So, what next?…Has a topic or two in the course made you curious…to learn more about it?…Plain English in general or the readability indices.…Maybe jargon or voice or more guidelines on how to revise.…If so, learn more about those.…The exercise file includes links…for more about Plain English.…One of those links has a before and after version…of revisions the government has made.…Johnson Space Center Manual…National Park Service…National Highway Traffic Safety…Over-the-Counter Drug Labeling…the IRS and Jury Instructions…
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