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Note 205 – Writing = Structure + Style + Readability + Grammar


On my way home from work I flicked through The Little Red Writing Book by Brandon Royal in order to get some inspiration for today’s blog. In the introduction he explains that “writing had four pillars – structure, style, readability and grammar” and compares each pillar to a single chair leg.

My interpretation of this is the ‘BIG PICTURE’ in writing – a reminder that if we get this combination right, we can successfully communicate to the reader.  Below are some explanation of the four pillars.

Structure
To give your writing structure, it needs to be organised and in some sort of order. Brandon Royal gives many examples of this including “Keeping like things together” and “Writing with a top down approach”, which I blogged about in Note 1 Where should I put the conclusion?.

Style
How do you write?  Do you give examples or add links to support your work? This is your writing style. Brandon Royal’s examples of style are choosing an appropriate tone as well as keeping it simple (see Note 55 – Cut your work).

Readability
Is your writing visually attractive to the reader?  In this section, Brandon Royals talks about the layout, the use of headings as well and also reworking your writing.  To check your presentation skills, it might be worth asking someone to be honest about a piece of your writing; get them to tell you if it was easy to follow and if they were kept interested until the end.   

Grammar
Grammar is about expressing language in an acceptable way.  Brandon Royal writes about the 30 rules of grammar.  I like the way he explains grammar – it is either right or wrong.  This is different to the other three pillars above (structure, style and readability) as these are either better or worse (effective or less effective).  Some of my notes: Note 162 – Language = Vocabulary + Grammar Rules and Note 163 – Grammatical Building Blocks, explain some points on grammar. 

I hope you have enjoyed today’s blog.

Until tomorrow…

Sandra
Freelance writer
www.sandramadeira.com
(For information on my services as a freelance writer as well as details of my book and other blogs).

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I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Please let me know what you think of my blog - constructive comments welcome. Have a great day Sandra Freelance Writer www.sandramadeira.com

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2 thoughts on “Note 205 – Writing = Structure + Style + Readability + Grammar

  1. Great post thanks. I really enjoyed it very much. You have a great blog here. Thanks again for sharing.

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  2. though i don’t give attention to spellings and grammar too much but i have learn they are advantageous in long run.

    Posted by Hemendra Kumar Saini | November 28, 2011, 1:50 am

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