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Published on February 27, 2014

Author: LeticiaMooney



This is a writing workshop I run with people to get them to be able to identify their writing styles and writing voice. It's a powerful entry into sharing and identifying alternative methods of storytelling - especially for entrepreneurs.

Get Some Style Presented by Leticia Mooney of Brutal Pixie (we <3 content strategy) Hashtag: #PixieSessions

Get Some Style (this is really just a writing workshop) Presented by Leticia Mooney of Brutal Pixie (we <3 content strategy) Hashtag: #PixieSessions

Good Style is: Clear Concise Understandable Hashtag: #PixieSessions

Good Style is: As Clear of thi Concise sa sp os Understandable s mu ch ibl e Hashtag: #PixieSessions

Good Style is: Knowing how to tell a story. st Storytelling is the 21 century's new Top Skill. Hashtag: #PixieSessions

Learn to spot: Poor use of modifiers ● Poor punctuation ● Ambiguity ● Poor use of pronoun references ● Redundancies ● Hedges ● Missteps ● Extenders ● Pomposity ● Cliches ● Passive voice ● … and fix tact, tone, attitude, sexism ● Hashtag: #PixieSessions

More examples! ● ● ● poor punctuation e.g. After hanging the man straightened the pictures Ambiguity e.g. Before mixing the nitroglycerin with the sodium, shake the vial for four seconds. pronoun references e.g. John told Nick that he had wrecked his car. Hashtag: #PixieSessions

Learn to spot: ● Hedges also known as fumbling for ideas. e.g. kind of, probably, particularly, generally, basically. - Only use it when you use it on purpose Hashtag: #PixieSessions

Learn to spot: ● ● Missteps are things that hinder conciseness e.g. it might be said that, it is clear that... Extenders stretching verbs into nouns e.g. asked for confirmation of the details asked him to confirm the details Hashtag: #PixieSessions

Learn to spot: ● Passive voice HINT: passive voice loves extenders e.g. It is a misunderstanding to think that the antiestablishment movement of the 1960s will be perpetuated by the reopening of the Hendrix investigation. When you could just say: Reopening the Hendrix investigation will not perpetuate the 1960s' antiestablishment movement. Hashtag: #PixieSessions

Learn to check for: ● modifiers Hashtag: #PixieSessions

Learn to check for: ● redundancy Hashtag: #PixieSessions

Learn to check for: ● redundancy Hashtag: #PixieSessions

Learn to check for: ● unnecessary complexity Hashtag: #PixieSessions

Learn to check for: ● Cliché Hashtag: #PixieSessions

Good Stories ● ● ● Good stories have a protagonist, preferably one that faces a problem. Persuasion requires ethos (credibility), logos (logic), and pathos (emotion). Good stories show, don't tell. Hashtag: #PixieSessions

Find your style guide ● Use your architecture ● Get a style guide ● Define your dictionary ● Define YOUR OWN style sheet ● Use it, use it, use it, use it, use it, use it... Hashtag: #PixieSessions

Now, on to the words 1. Wise words by Annie Dillard, to inspire. 2. Now, we write! Hashtag: #PixieSessions

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