What good is a children’s storybook without pictures?

In a previous article, we talked about how story telling can help your business writing. Now we look at how you can illustrate, or bring colour, to your communications.

What would Winnie the Pooh be without the pictures by EH Shepherd? Or Alice in Wonderland without Tenniel’s drawings? These classic children’s book illustrators visually interpreted those stories in a way that has made an indelible mark on how they have been read and understood by generations of children.

We don’t generally get the paint box out when we are writing business communications, but bringing a bit of colour to your pieces can really improve your reader’s engagement level.

And we don’t mean letting your designer loose with the colour palette. You can illustrate the points you want to make, or the story you are telling, just through your writing.

Some ideas for bringing colour to your communications include:
  • Observations
  • Anecdotes
  • Topical references
  • Statistics
  • Examples
  • Case studies
  • Quotes
  • Humour (used with care – and nothing smutty or inflammatory, thanks)

These elements make your writing more personal, engaging and interesting, allowing readers to engage at more emotional level.

Use a smattering of one of the above in the next piece you have to write and let me know how you go.

How to illustrate your business writing was last modified on May 4th, 2016 by Proof Communications Editor
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