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  • so you wanna be a better writer [?] A short production by Nadia Sulieman
  • Judging from the previous slide you most probably don’t trust me do you? GOOD! That means we’re already on to something!
  • With this PowerPoint I will help you  Realize the importance of your “target audience”.  Recognize the importance of vocabulary.  Realize the thesaurus may not always be your friend.
  • It’s all about style and language  Effective writers keep their audience in mind at all times!
  • Think of your purpose and audience then write accordingly  Are they knowledgeable of what you are writing about?  Ex. Eliminate or define dental jargon to an audience that has no knowledge of it.  Are you making an argument or simply providing information?  Avoid tirades or rants with arguments.  Avoid arguments if you are only aiming to provide information!
  •  Are you trying to persuade your readers?  Who are they? What would appeal to them? How can they be convinced of your purpose?  Are you aiming to inspire local action?  Mention methods of action most convenient for that specific audience.  Don’t propose face to face meetings to an individual that has a full time job! List online opportunities that they can participate in!
  • Example: Writing about Jazz  Suppose you were to write an article about jazz and you are the ultimate expert on that subject. There is a broad range of target audiences and purposes! You could focus on writing  An article on jazz for a children’s educational book.  An article on jazz for a forum of experienced jazz musicians.  An article on jazz and its history for those who may or may not know anything about jazz.  An article to advertise your jazz store to your local youth community.  (Juarez).  Example quoted from [http://www.writinghood.com/Style/How-To/Know-Your-Target-Audience.72349]
  • Remembering your audience will  Create opportunities for them to relate to your subject or purpose through  Persuasion  Relation
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  • Remembering your audience will also help reduce if not eliminate confusion or negative reactions from readers!
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  • Having a target audience goes a long way in achieving stellar reactions.
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  • Though you can’t always please everyone! Credit image to: http://www.abc.net.au/reslib/200803/r233938_938314.jpg
  • Diction  Thetitle of this PowerPoint served a higher purpose.  My horrible grammar and vocabulary caused you to think that this PowerPoint would be useless to you! I was no longer credible in my knowledge.
  • How is your work any different?  First and foremost, ALWAYS check punctuation and spelling.  The simplest of errors may ruin your credibility altogether.
  • Credit image to: http://thegrammarvandal.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/p70601601.jpg
  • ! Credit image to: http://thegrammarvandal.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/p70601601.jpg
  • Shame on you! Credit image to: http://imgs.sfgate.com/n/pictures/2008/05/02/english5.jpg
  • Direct Quote  “The purpose of writing is to communicate. Communication is the process by which meaning is created and exchanged. If the person who reads your writing doesn’t understand what you are trying to say, no communication occurs when he or she reads your writing” (Moser). Direct quote from [http://www.dailywritingtips.com/big-words-make-you-sound-smart-dont- they].
  • The thesaurus: friend or foe?  If you aren’t POSITIVE your word fits then  Don’t use it!  Unnecessarilylarge words do not make you sound smart and you risk misusage.
  • Do not be pretentious!  “A thesaurus should never be used to select big, fancy words for no other reason than that they are big, fancy words. And a thesaurus should never be used to select a word that you really aren't familiar enough with to be sure that you are using it correctly” (Blue). Direct quote from [http://essayisay.homestead.com/thesaurus.html]
  • Credit image to: http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p109/Arthur_Vandelay99/bigwords.jpg
  • Now that you have learned about all things necessary to write effectively…
  • Congratulations!  You are now on your way in keeping your target audience in mind and leaving no room for mistakes in your writing! Best of luck!
  • Works Cited Blue, Tina. “Don’t let me catch you!” Essay, I say. 30 Aug 2001. 5 Dec 2008 <http://essayisay.homestead.com/thesaurus.html>. Juarez, Jane. “Know Your Target Audience.” Writinghood. 27 Nov 2006. 5 Dec 2008 <http://www.writinghood.com/Style/How-To/Know-Your-Target- Audience.72349>. Moser, Michael. “Big Words Make You Sound Smart, Don’t They?” DailyWritingTips. 9 June 2007. 5 Dec 2008 <http://www.dailywritingtips.com/big-words-make-you-sound-smart- dont-they/>.