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Old 08-15-2011, 07:44 AM
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Formal vs. Informal Writing:

On the Ezine Blog, there is a video to watch before you post a response on this topic. Please watch the video and post your comments after.

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Before you start writing an article, one of the first things you need to ask yourself is “Who’s my audience?”

Pinning down your target audience is a crucially-important step in your effort to communicate clearly.

Miss the mark by not taking a topic seriously enough and you run the risk of alienating that core audience. On the other hand, take too formal of an approach to a lighthearted topic and you’ll appear rigid and unemotional.

So, you really have to know exactly what group of people you’re writing the article for to ensure you communicate in the best possible way. Watch this video to discover the differences between formal and informal writing to help you gear your writing in the right direction.
Continued at: http://blog.ezinearticles.com/2011/0...-audience.html

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Old 08-16-2011, 05:31 AM
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Well knowing your target audience indeed is an essential step in article writing because you really need to know who are the people you are writing for. This way you can write something that can engage their interests.
 
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Old 08-19-2011, 12:23 AM
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This is absolutely the most important thing! Very often I find myself having to change the entire tone of my article to make it less formal etc cos that's what the particular target audience the article is addressing, relates to! I tend to write very formally and matter-of-fact most of the time. Which is good, but not for when you're writing about shoes, clothes etc for young adults etc - you catch my drfit...
 
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Old 08-21-2011, 11:03 PM
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I think most people are used to informal writing. After all this is the web, I don't think anybody would like to read scholar quality articles online. Most of the time, we are either searching for something, reading something, watching something, or trying to learn something. So anything short, to the point will be read more than a formal article.
Knowing the audience is good but I don't think that it's really important. I can't see someone stop reading an article that provide them the info they need simply because it's short and to the point.
 
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I found the video interesting in that draws a clear line between the two styles, formal and informal. It takes effort to focus and maintain a specific style in a given article for a given audience.

For those that have little or no clue of where they fit in terms of predominant style, you can check your article's readability scale with MS Word's readability index. Although it is not full proof, it can give you an idea of the grade level readability of your writing.

Many claim that the National grade level reading average is at the 8th grade reading level, I have never found any documentation to substantiate that claim. Nevertheless, it makes sense that you would not want to write an article about building a tool shed at an undergraduate reading level. On the other hand, writing an article about the importance of silicon chips in the electronic industry written at a fifth grade level might appear condescending or boring.
 
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