ERIC Number: ED236588
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
How To Write Clearly. Power of the Printed Word.
Thompson, Edward T.
To write well, it is only necessary to write simply and clearly. To learn how, one must want to write clearly, be willing to work hard, and follow some basic guidelines. Before writing, create an outline by arranging ideas on note cards and putting them in a logical sequence. Write to the reader's level of knowledge about the subject. Avoid jargon. Use familiar combinations of words, but retain correct grammar. Use "first-degree" words--words that immediately bring an image to mind. Stick to the points contained in the outline. Be as brief as possible. Here are some ways to condense writing: (1) present points in logical order; (2) don't tell people what they already know; (3) cut out excess evidence and unnecessary anecdotes; (4) avoid word wasters and windy phrases; (5) look for passive verbs that can be made active; (6) look for positive/negative sections from which the negative can be cut; and (7) when finished, stop. (DC)
"Power of the Printed Word," International Paper Co., Dept. 4, P.O. Box 900, Elmsford, New York 10523.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Community; Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: International Paper Co., New York, NY.
Identifiers: PF Project; Writing Clarity