“If you’ve ever slogged through a complicated novel, reading and rereading sentences while trying to get a grip on the author’s message, then you already know how readability can affect your reading experience. For an author, finding the balance between what to say and how to say it can be difficult. Join Stephanie and Angela as they tackle the topics of readability and reading level, including what they mean and why they matter.”
“Why should books for children require any less attention to the craft of writing than books for adults? The answer is that they shouldn’t.”
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“Sometimes, the ideas that stick with readers the most are the simplest. That doesn’t mean authors should dumb down their writing; it just means they should consider using fewer words, breaking apart complex sentences, and/or setting down the thesaurus once in a while.
When your words flow in a more conversational way, your readers will thank you for it.”