A friend in the corporate world was recently talking about writing a twenty page business report. At first, it seemed daunting. Then, she broke down the process the same way she learned to write research papers in college.
She employed an outline, bullet points with main ideas and answered the journalistic questions who, what, where, when, why and how in every section. She explained that the writing must be precise and meaningful, no matter how much jargon might be expected.
Across the genres, fields and levels of expertise, good writing is simply good writing. It must stay focused and clearly support and explain a main point. The reader shouldn’t get lost in a flurry of extra words. The reader, easily distracted, should be drawn into the writing and clearly offered main points.
Thank you to my friend for reminding us how the skills learned in English Comp 101 will prove necessary throughout our careers.