Thursday, August 12, 2010

Convey Your Message

I'm on family vacation, so I'll keep this simple and hopefully quick. A few weeks ago, I had to explain to my younger children that using my nice canning jars for catching grasshoppers was simply not acceptable. This was for a couple of different reasons. One, because I had found more than one jar broken into a bunch of little pieces on the back patio, and two, because eating bottled apricots from a jar that I knew once housed grasshoppers just doesn't sit well with me.

So recently, as my kids were cleaning out their closet, they found my long lost plastic water bottle, my favorite one, and it had four dead grasshoppers in the bottom of it. I'm sure they had been dead for at least three weeks from the smell of it.

Now, I would like to thank my children for obeying my rules of not using the canning jars, but perhaps I should have been more specific, sharing with them exactly what was appropriate for them to use (besides my favorite drinking bottle, which I will likely never use for drinking again).

One of the elements of writing well is the ability to convey your thoughts or message to the reader. This is more difficult than it sounds, because it requires some degree of organization in thought.

Does the beginning have a little intro to the message you wish to bring across? Are the sentences in each paragraph related to each other somehow? And are the paragraphs organized so that they carry the message in a coherent manner? These are just some of the few elements that goes into carrying your message to the reader.

So with these few words, I hope I've conveyed my message of getting your message across in a simple, quick, efficient way, and now I'm off to continue family fun.