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How do you write a sentence that someone will want to read? This infographic spells it out.
We writers—whether we’re building an argument or documenting a procedure or creating a lookup table—must give up the fantasy of easy acceptance if we want to avoid the Presumption Trap. We must suspend the illusion of like-mindedness, of oneness with our readers. We must detach ourselves and acknowledge that readers see what we write in their own ways. We can presume only one thing about readers: that we can’t presume anything.
According to the bestselling book Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die, if you want your message to stick, you must first figure out the one thing you want to say. Then, say that one thing.
This morning, The Content Wrangler Scott Abel chatted with me in a recorded webinar. See it here: “Language Matters: How to Write Powerful Sentences & Paragraphs.”
Thanks to the passion, persistence, and expertise of Portland videographer Asia Brown and to the generosity of Word Up! readers Adrienne Hartz, John Morrison, and Garret Romaine, you can now see some 30-second video snippets that will soon find their way into the book trailer.
Last Wednesday, I had the privilege of visiting Garret Romaine’s technical-editing class at Portland State University. We talked about the importance of writing skills in the workplace—a topic already familiar to these language-loving students, many of whom already have experience writing for local companies.
This spring semester, Garret Romaine, who teaches an editing class at Portland State University, is bringing Word Up! into the classroom for the first time. Twenty advance reading copies arrived at the PSU bookstore today…