communicating ideas

Just thinking about finding strategies for adopting different kinds of voices or ways of writing. I’m not sure about Jones’ use of the word knowledge in the context of DPaR, but his simple strategies might help you to either a) overcome your uncertainty about writing and/or b) challenge the assumptions you might be making about the language you use:

Communicate your own ideas in different ways.
You know a lot about your subject but when was the last time you saw it from someone else’s perspective? Write about your knowledge in a completely different way to see it afresh. For example, how would you explain your knowledge to :

  1. A 10-year-old child
  2. Someone who doesn’t have much time
  3. Someone who likes pictures
  4. Someone who despises creativity
  5. Someone who really doesn’t understand why researchers need to do so much thinking…

— Derek Jones (2014) ‘Prepare your mind’,  In Bite, 28–30. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

One thought on “communicating ideas”

  1. 6. Someone with very minimal English
    7. A fluent speaker of your native language
    8. Someone who fundamentally disagrees with your basic assumptions
    9. A lover – talking in bed
    10. An interrogator who will punish you if they grasp your real intention OR if they realise you’re lying to them


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