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Planning in Plain English

Writing Tips for Urban and Environmental Planners, 1st Edition

By Natalie Macris


120 pages

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In this volume, the author draws from more than a decade of editing experience to explain how to craft clear, understandable, and highly readable planning documents. The author suggests ways to overcome planners' most common writing foibles: acronymns, jargon, and overuse of the passive voice. And the author provides handy lists to transform mushy nouns into powerful verbs, pare down bloated sentences, and translate ""bureaucratese"" into everyday language. The author even includes practice exercises designed to help you recognize and overcome bad writing habits. But even the best writing skills won't help if your document is organized poorly and aimed at the wrong audience.The author also explains why it's essential to know who your readers are before you start writing and how to organize your work so that it will be easy to understand and use."

Table of Contents

Foreword , Introduction , Getting Started , Knowing Your Readers , Organizing Your Document , Writing Clearly , Writing Simple Sentences , Writing Active Sentences , Using Simple Words and Avoiding Jargon , Explaining Technical Information , Using Lists , Exercise Key

About the Author

Natalie Macris

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning