Writing in Plain Language
* The information and exercises found in this section comes from https://www.plainlanguage.gov/
How Plain Language Makes Life Simpler
If writing in plain language interests you, watch this TED Talk.
Visit the Plain Language website and review all of the guidelines. You will find information on how to:
- Write for your audience
- Organize the information
- Choose your words carefully
- Be concise
- Keep it conversational
- Design for reading
- Follow web standards
- Test your assumptions
Plain language tips
- Be conversational and use pronouns to speak directly to your reader: “We care about your privacy” not “The New Town Library cares about your privacy”
- Add useful headings: “What information do we collect?”
- Be concise and descriptive
- Avoid jargon and minimize abbreviations
- Who is my audience?
- What does my audience need to know?
- What’s the best outcome for my library? What do I need to say to get this outcome?
- What does my audience already know about library privacy?
- What questions will my audience have?
- What’s the best outcome for our audience? What do I need to say to get this outcome?