|09:19 pm - Learning where I am.|
I wrote a speech on the Army Values for a military competition. I generated my first draft of a little over 500 words in 30 minutes or so. It had technical issues and was difficult for people to understand. I reworked it, simplified the language and smoothed it into a lean 300 words. I discovered (yes, I know, I'm not the first person to do this) that you can run it through a reading level test. The simplified version ended up at a 12 year old's reading level. The first version (flawed as it was) was higher. Dumbing it down isn't the correct phrase for my actions regarding my paper. I increased understandability through a carefully organized approach. If my supervisor can understand it, I've hit the right level.
Yay me for posting.