How’s that for clarity and simplicity?
I attended a Clear Writing course today; a co-worker of my husband has been organizing a series of daily writing workshops for those in the company who may be interested and those of us who she knows are interested. While this workshop was geared more toward the technical writer [which is applicable to my work], I was curious to see how it might also be applicable in my journaling and creative endeavours.
Now, I have no delusions. I am wordy. I have been accused of verbosity since I began writing in the workplace. I think, in my shorter reports, it’s a cover-your-ass kind of thing: the more info I put down, the less likely it is that it will come back to haunt me later. There can be no questions. Apparently, more words doesn’t actually make for more information and a clearer document. Sadly, it appears to make things more convoluted and more unattractive to the reader.
But I’m still not quite certain how to – or even if I should – apply that here. There are certainly some tactics that would be useful, but there is simply no way to treat my journaling like a technical brief and cull it down to the nitty gritty basics and leave it at that. It does me no good to post like that, and I’d be really, really surprised if that kept my [oh so many!] readers engaged.
A lot of my posting here is written on the fly. Not all, but most. I may put thought into the topic, I may contemplate how I want the thing to flow, and I hit the spell check, but I have yet to revise something as critically as I would have in high school or university. And I have never consciously removed redundancies or filler phrases to aid in clarity and conciseness.
So, it begs the question: how far do you go in your editing of the daily posts?