Become A Better Writer – Updated - 96645

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Writing is one of the most important skills of the competent learning experience designer. From on-screen text to video scripts, we are often required to come up with words that flow. Words that attract and excite the reader. In my effort to improve these skills, I’ve filled in my education gaps through various classes, books, podcasts and lots of practice. So I was pleased to come across a now defunct podcast called Roy’s Writing Tools. Although the podcast was published years ago, it was sponsored by the Poynter Institute, a well-known training center and resource for journalists. I find that most guidelines and tips for effective writing remain viable for years. Eight Important Writing Tips Roy Peter Clark, the podcaster, is also the author of Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer. He reads his work and discusses key points to improve one’s writing. Here I’ve selected some of Clark’s best tips that are applicable to learning experience designers. In some cases, I’ve modified his tips to apply to our type of work. 1. Order words for emphasis Order your words with awareness. Place emphatic words either at the start or end of a sentence or paragraph. If at the end, the period acts as a stop sign—a pause—which magnifies the preceding word. In a paragraph, final words adjoin white space, giving the preceding words greater strength. Weak example: The faint of heart are not well-suited for project management. Strong example: Project management is not for the faint of heart. 2. Use adverbs only when they change the meaning of a verb Adverbs are meant to enhance a verb, yet writers often select adverbs that are redundant with the verb. For example, in ...
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Writing is one of the most important skills of the competent learning experience designer. From on-screen text to video scripts, we are often required to come up with words that flow. Words that attract and excite the reader. In my effort to improve these skills, I’ve filled in my education gaps through vari