Writing concrete and clear content.

Brian Morgan leads a free writing course on Monday nights at 7pm EST.


Last Monday, Brian shared a simple writing practice to help trim a paragraph, full of details, to a few sentences that are concrete and clear.


I decided to try the exercise with our seven year old, Kellen.


Step 1: Write down 5 words about where you live.


Kellen: Michigan, Caledonia, trampoline, basement, upstairs Step 2: Write 4 sentences, with 40 words or less, using your five words.


Kellen: I live in the state of Michigan. Our house is in a neighborhood of Caledonia. I have a trampoline in my backyard. I have a basement in my house. My room is upstairs.


Step 3: Write 2 sentences, with half the amount of words, using your five words.


Dad tip: Think of how all 5 words relate to each other. I drew a sketch for a visual (pictured).


Kellen: I live in Caledonia, Michigan. I can see the trampoline from upstairs or the basement.


Dad: Nice work, Kellen!

Dad: What did you learn?

Kellen: Writing and math?

Dad: That's correct.


A great exercise for adults and kids. Message Brian Morgan about joining his class on Mondays.