Rule V: Focus on Composition

Focusing in composition will help convey a complex message in a way that is easily understandable. It will provide context and allow readers to skim content quickly.

By following these rules, your writing will be informative and direct.

Follow conventional rules

Principle 1 Rules: a) Use correct grammar punctuation & spelling b) Follow conventional rules

Use clear, concise and precise language

Principle 2 Language: a) Use clear, concise and precise language b) Utilize  ethical and inoffensive language 

Focus writing on the subject matter

Principle 3 Substance: a) Focus writing on the subject matter b) Align writing  with the deliverable objective

Group thoughts into clusters

Principle 4 Structure: a) Group thoughts into clusters b) Sequence thoughts logically

Distill your message (levels of details)

Principle 5 Leveling & Labeling: a) Distill your message into varying levels of details b) Using headings to label content

Use active voice (vs. passive voice)

Principle 6 Voice & Tone: a) Use active voice vs. passive voice b) Express ideas in positive terms

Focusing on composition will help you tell a compelling story. That is key to getting your message heard.