Keaton Benfield: Reading Response #8

After reading these chapters, I realized just how often I’ve seen cliches and overused phrases in many news articles I’ve read over the years. Unless the phrases were intentionally used, cliches tend to take away from the tone that the article is attempting to present to the audience.

It’s always important to keep the audience being addressed in mind as you are writing, especially if the subject you are writing about has its own set of specific terms or phrases that may be lost on those who aren’t as familiar with the subject. It’s best to explain why you are using those terms or, if you can, refrain from using them and try to explain the subject universally so that it’s not so difficult to comprehend. I sometimes have to remind myself about the audience because I find myself getting carried away in what I am trying to say. Knight brings up great points that I should refer back to the next time I find myself in that situation.

Knight’s chapters also cover wordiness, a concept that is stressed a lot for good reason. I still have problems with wordiness, especially in my longer assignments. I tend to use quite a few of the red flag words like “that,” which is difficult to keep from using, but I catch myself now and again. All of this advice ties into how you structure a story, as Filak explains to us. Framing a narrative and figuring out how to put together a story can either make or break the important information that you are sending out into the public and learning how to write in such a way that exactly conveys what you want is something we all strive to achieve.

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