Write to be Heard




We forget how much we write. We also forget the importance of each text.
            A quick note, a text, a letter, an e-mail; how about the school/university assignment?
            Each one needs special attention.
Texting has its own language: C u soon, luv u 2, b4 u go.
E-mails tend to be semi-spoken. In other words, whilst formality needs to match the receiver (our boss or our friend?) they tend to lie in a grey territory between spoken and written language. The danger is that what we say may not be heard by the reader; because our intonation, volume and delivery cannot be ‘heard’ on paper. So whilst we can remain less formal, we have to be careful not to offend or confuse. Think about the phrase: ’Don’t be silly,’ and in how many ways you can say it. Funny, disapproving, shouting, jokingly, smiling, frowning…will the reader see it (hear it) the same way?
Assignments are unique. Restricted to a specific question, however broad the topic might be. So: ‘Compare two publication of your own choice for style and grammar’ allows you to choose the material – be it a high class broadsheet or a satirical periodical –, but the answer must be on style and grammar.

Make every word count:
-  During these current times – or – Now?
-  In order to improve our sales – or – To improve our sales?

Stick to some basic rules:
                               I.     First write freely
                               II.    Avoid clich├ęs
                               III.   Put it away for a day or two (if possible)
                               IV.   Revise and edit
                               V.    Re-read

Write with your reader in mind who will read for a specific reason. Joy, escapism, information, has to.

Write effectively and appropriately to achieve results – not to impress.


A book worth reading is Stephen King's On Writing. If I learnt one thing is to cut 10% off my text when I edit. 

Wish you success.

Conn

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