Christmas Treat 4: Over the Top


This week—mainly because I’m automating all this while relaxing in Florida—I thought it would be interesting to do something a bit different. Namely, I am going to provide some writing exercise ideas to get you started on the road to better writing. Let’s see what we’ve got.

Big words: Since this is Christmas, let’s make this one a bit shorter. Simply describe a particular holiday tradition that you enjoy. It can be anything at all—from caroling to the annual wreath toss. The catch? Use technical jargon to make it seem ludicrous. Instead of “opening presents,” you are “removing the excess cellulose materials to acquire the undisclosed celebratory contributions.” Have fun.

The reason: Well, aside from general silliness, the point of this exercise is to learn how to change voice for an audience. This one is, of course, over the top, but a more technical audience often requires more technical language.

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