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Plain Language in Government Writing : a Step-By-Step Guide.

Author: Judith G Myers
Publisher: Oakland : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Incorporated, 2008.
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Myers, Judith G.
Plain Language in Government Writing : A Step-By-Step Guide.
Oakland : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Incorporated, ©2008
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Judith G Myers
ISBN: 9781523096060 1523096063 1523096055 9781523096053
OCLC Number: 1022785766
Notes: Tables, Line Graphs, Pie Charts, and Bar Charts.
Description: 1 online resource (299 pages)
Contents: Intro; Title Page; Copyright Page; About the Author; Dedication; Contents; Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgments; Part 1 Process and Stages of Plain Language Writing; Chapter 1 Succeeding as a Writer in Todayâ#x80;#x99;s Workplace; Common Myths about Business Writing; The Importance of Plain Language in Government Writing; Presidential Efforts to Improve Government Writing; Other Plain Language Programs; Why Use Plain Language?; Plain Language Saves Money; Plain Language Helps Avoid Lawsuits; Plain Language Pleases Readers; Plain Language Makes Your Job Easier. Chapter 2 Getting Started: The Planning StageGuidelines for Planning; Know Your Purpose; Know Your Audience; Know Your Subject; Guidelines for Brainstorming and Organizing; The Mind Map; The Questioning Technique; Index Cards; Sticky Notes or Movable Tape; Free Writing; Guidelines for Outlining; The Checklist; The Semiformal Outline; The Traditional Outline; The Electronic Outline; Turning Generated Ideas into an Outline; Writing an Outline after the Draft; Guidelines for Sequencing Your Ideas; Documents to Inform; Documents to Persuade; Chapter 3 Drafting: Writing It Down. Turning Off Your Inner CriticGetting Started on Your First Draft; Planning Paragraphs; Qualities of Effective Paragraphs; Unity; Coherence; Development; Writing Sentences; Sentence Fragments; Run-On Sentences; Conjunctive Adverbs; Overloaded Sentences; Choppy Sentences; Tips for Writing Drafts; How to Avoid Writerâ#x80;#x99;s Block; Getting Some Distance from Your Draft; Revisiting the Draft; Chapter 4 Editing: Using the Right Voice and Tone; Writing Tip: Prefer the Active Voice; How to Recognize Passive and Active Sentences; The Case for the Active Voice; The Case for the Passive Voice. How to Activate Passive SentencesWriting Tip: Bring Submerged Action to the Surface; Writing Tip: Substitute Action Verbs for Forms of â#x80;#x9C;To Beâ#x80;#x9D;; Choosing Your Words: Tone in Writing; The Right Tone; Ways to Find the Right Tone; Chapter 5 Editing: Writing with Clarity and Conciseness; How to Improve Clarity; Use Short Sentences; Divide Material into a List; Replace Wordy Expressions; Relax Old-Fashioned Grammar Rules; Avoid Cumbersome Phrases; Delete Redundancies; Use Shorter Words; Use Parallelism; Other Tips for Writing More Clearly; Being Precise; Identify Your Audience Precisely. Avoiding Common Barriers to UnderstandingWatch Out for â#x80;#x9C;Noun Sandwichesâ#x80;#x9D;; Place Words Carefully within Your Sentences; Avoid Ambiguous Phrasing; Make Pronoun References Clear; Correct Dangling Modifiers; Use Words Correctlyâ#x80;#x94;Especially Similar Words; Checking Your Readability; Chapter 6 Adding Visual Impact to Your Writing; Plain Language Guidelines for Visual Formatting; Layout; Typography; An Example of Plain Language Applied Visually; Enhancing the Text with Graphics; Types of Visual Aids; Photographs; Drawings; Maps; Flow Charts; Schematics; Screen Shots.

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