Today's Snack: Take a handful of
pretzels and a handful of grapes. Place the grapes all around on a plate. Then
"connect" each grape with a pretzel. Look at all the connections you made, and
then eat your connections with a tall glass of milk.
Piece of lined paper and
Photocopy the eight
tips, below, and distribute,
or project on a big
Coming up with an idea for your writing
is only the start of your communication task. That idea has to be connected to
other ideas to make it useful and meaningful. To "connect," an idea has to fit
in - follow the train of thought - make sense.
Nobody will read what you write for very
long if it doesn't make sense. The best writing reveals the writer's opinions,
views and emotions, and presents them clearly and logically.
To make a point, you have to know what
that point is . . . and lead the reader to it. You need to use "logic" - a
process of discovering and communicating meaning.
that the reader is a beautiful, strong horse. You are the rider. With logical
writing that has a clear purpose, reliable examples and reasonable conclusions,
it's as if you are putting a bridle and saddle on that horse. With good
writing, you can guide your reader, just like a rider guides a horse. And off
you go, on your way!
how a logical thinker writes well:
1.Decide on a
purpose and state it clearly.
information, neither too much nor too little.
3.Focus on a
core point or issue that you can prove.
terms and clear up confusion.
core point with evidence and examples.
consider and refute any objections.
point's weaknesses, but tell how it's still superior to other points of view.
reader to agree with you and act on it.