A single text typically contains many ideas; you approach the page with them all in your head. But the reader understands them best when they're presented one at a time. In this video, get tips to simplify and separate the jumble of thoughts that comprise a text, converting them into a linear structure that guides the reader down a path.
- You have so much to say.…You want your writing to pack a punch.…You cut out phrases, you combine ideas,…you come up with 25 words that say it all.…Then you reread it and discover it doesn't make any sense.…It's the most painful thing,…because each of those ideas is your child.…For our example we'll return to the story…of the Landon Hotel.…When we last looked at it,…we added a few paragraph breaks…that naturally move text…into separate ideas more or less.…
This technique is your first line of defense.…Let's look at just the first sentence of that text.…It's not bad and it fits the entire text well,…but it has a lot of information…for the reader to take in.…There's the hotel's name, the year,…the name of the founder,…that he was an English business person,…that he traveled a lot,…and when he did that traveling.…The simplest solution would be…to cut it off after that second comma…and repunctuate it.…"The Landon Hotel was founded in 1952 by Arthur Landon."…Simple, declarative,…and kind of boring.…
I'm sure you could come up with several more ways…
- Paraphrase the goals of “write short, write clear, and write right.”
- Recall the strategy used to make long paragraphs easier to read.
- Identify the most-often portion of the page neglected by English-language readers.
- Determine which words to omit from writing.
- Explain why short paragraphs are easy to skim.
- Name two strategies to write more effectively.
- Identify examples of assonance.