Do you use writing as part of your thinking process? I do, and I think lots of people do. Editing is an opportunity to think more clearly, not just communicate more clearly.
We look at our drafts and try to make them better:
- Visually organized
- Made from simple words
In that process, we are also asking ourselves what is important, to us and to our readers.
This is good practice for everything to do with words.
Working toward plain language — at the writing or editing stage — isn’t just an extra process that we go through to meet the needs of a specific type of reader. It can be a process to clarify our own thinking, and that benefits us as well.
Thanks to Martin Cutts for inspiring this line of thought in our October read for Plain Language Book Club!