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Choose Your Words Wisely

Consider the definitions of words and how they may be interpreted when you are writing a blog or article.

Let me give you a couple quick examples.

Think about how the words aggressive or persistent can be used to describe a person.

The word aggressive has a much more negative connotation to it. Pushy salesmen and pit bulls often come to my mind when I think of aggressive.

Now, consider the word persistent. I usually think of someone who is overcoming obstacles or constant rejections as being persistent. That’s not nearly as negative. In fact, it could be considered an attribute.

Here are two more words: Cheap and affordable.

When I think of cheap, I think of sub-par quality. I think that you get what you pay for. And if it’s cheap, it probably won’t last.

On the other hand, when I think of affordable, I think of a product or service that has a sufficient price and quality to meet my needs.

So think about your words and how you use them when you are writing. You might want to even look them up in the dictionary to make sure you are giving your readers an accurate portrayal.

Susan Cormier is the head coach in charge of training at the National Association of Citizen Journalists (http://nacj.us/) and co-author of the “Handbook for Citizen Journalists” (http://www.citizenjournalistnow.com/).

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Head coach of the National Association of Citizen Journalists. The association was launched in late 2009 to train, motivate and support citizen journalists. As a former newspaper editor and reporter, I am in charge of training NACJ members how to report their news in an accurate, truthful, unbiased and fair manner.

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