Reading: Make Every Word Count

Making Every Word Count: Tips for Polishing and Tightening Copy by Steve Buttry

There is an importance on writing tight, keeping a reader’s attention and keeping the story moving. As with design, we also have to consider our audience, what information is useful or what the audience would be interested in. Organizing and conveying information can help clarify ideas. Is it better to link to external information, provide short side notes, or include it into the story? Also, writing down the key ideas (as you report) helps develop the focus earlier. Getting to the point is important and sometimes it’s better to write without notes, so that it flows better. Then edit and keep editing to help remove words that are unnecessary (write with active verbs to strengthen and shorten statements).

Good points that apply to all aspects of writing. There is a big difference in writing and I have been told that I do not write active enough. I need to get back to writing for my own sake, not for school. Hopefully with more time, I will be able to get back to creative writing and journaling.

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About Cristal Sung

Cristal is a new media designer, who believes in the importance of feeding the soul with art, culture, and food. Her work focuses on themes of identity, sociopolitical problems and the concept of beauty. Cristal is from Hong Kong and studies in Toronto.

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