Here’s my entry for the Ladies of Sherlock Challenge One: Come As You Are. Hope you like this one!
Sherlock Holmes sat by himself as he watched the guests at the Watson-Morstan wedding reception mingle with each other. He smirked when...
All Molly wanted for her birthday was a text message from Sherlock saying that he was alive and safe.
After a relatively easy...
I wrote something angsty. Well, I needed another excuse to cry.
If y’all like this enough, then I’ll post it on FF.net and AO3.
A Sherlolly fic inspired by this post:
Molly sat between Sherlock and John in the courtroom. She rested her trembling...
If your refusal to try participating was based on your reception of criticism, you may be guilty of something called “nominalization.”
But if you refuse to participate because you received criticism, you’re not.
Nominalization happens when you turn perfectly good verbs into nouns. It’s a major cause of clunky sentences. They make your writing unclear and sound stuffy.
Signs you’re nominalizing: You’re using words that end in -ion, -ing, -ism, and other suffixes. Look for them. Can you replace them with a good, strong verb? Then give verbs a chance!
Here’s a great (and short!) TED Talk on nominalizations, aka zombie nouns: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/beware-of-nominalizations-aka-zombie-nouns-helen-sword#watch
They’re the same word; they mean the same thing.
Here are some plain language tips to follow when creating content. Try them out!
Use Language Your Audience Can Easily Understand
- Choose common, everyday words. Replace multi-syllable (or short but complex) words with simpler vocabulary. Avoid research and medical jargon whenever possible. If you must use a complicated term, define it in plain language.
- Use plain language word lists. Refer to these resources:
- Use examples and analogies. You can’t always avoid using complex words and jargon. So when you do need to use them, provide an example or analogy to help explain them.
- Check the reading level. Use a readability formula, but be aware that they all have limitations — getting a “good score” is not a guarantee that your document is easy to read.