Good Writing – can you define it?

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Anyone can write, right?

Papyrus with red and black hieroglyphics - is this good writing?Well…, it depends on what you mean by “write”. Putting pen to paper? Key to screen? Or communicating effectively via the written word in any medium?

The measure of “good writing” also depends on for whom you’re writing. Does your audience understand and respond to what you say? If not, your writing might as well be squiggles on a page.

Writing and reading are so essential to our lives that we often take them for granted. If your country has a 95% or higher literacy rate, you might not know anyone who cannot write. But you certainly know some people who write better than others. What makes the difference?

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From Orality to Literacy to Transliteracy

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What is Transliteracy?

Hieroglyphics on pinkish stone appeared very early in humanity's journey toward Transliteracy“Transliteracy” is a term increasingly used by new media communicators. The concept was originally developed by Prof. Sue Thomas and colleagues at De Montfort University.

Those original practitioners have gone on to various bigger and better things in their transliteracy journeys and the site is no longer maintained, but Transliteracy.com still hosts their definition:

Transliteracy is the ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms, tools and media from signing and orality through handwriting, print, TV, radio and film, to digital social networks.

The statement reflects awareness of the rich heritage of human communication via sound, symbol and sign, and a desire to retain the gifts of older forms of communication even as we delight in new ones.
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