In Pulitzer-winning journalist Jesse Katz's session titled "Releasing Your Inner Writer" I was reminded that I may grossly overestimate my ability to be understood. I hope I am not alone.
I've not figured out how it started but it may have begun in law school where the IRAC method of writing was drilled into me for three years. I believe I spent many years after law school writing that way; here is the Issue, here is the Rule, here is the Analysis, here is the Conclusion.
There's nothing wrong with this method, but Jesse reminds us to start with what is important and then what is less important, to what is least important. So, this made me wonder, do we start with the conclusion instead of the issue? I guess it depends.
We should definitely know what the point is, know our audience, and skip the corporate acronyms and jargon.
During the session we had the opportunity to write a story about our favorite food and then turn it into a poem. I've shared my poem, a cinquaine, above in the title.
We learned to set aside "weak" verbs for more "muscular verbs." Jesse told us to circle all the "to be" verbs in our story and consider restructuring those sentences by removing those "to be" verbs. He also suggested to remove adverbs and prepositions.
At the end, Jesse asked us to turn our cinquaine into a strong sentence....here's mine:
Sauce, crust and cheese dance on my tonque to create the perfect bite of pizza.