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How to Write a Fast-Paced Story

The two methods to increase the drama. The first method is to keep descriptive writing to a minimum. Long descriptions of people, processes or a landscape can be beautiful, but they slow down the story because nothing is happening.  In a small story you don’t need those descriptions.  You only need a couple of details […]

Using Narrative and Descriptive Writing in Small Stories

What is narrative writing? Narrative writing describes the actions that propel the story forward. Action is what a person does, says or thinks. For instance, dialogue and inner monologue count as actions, too.  Someone raises their voice.  Thoughts pop up in their mind.  A moment of silence drops in the middle of a conversation.  These […]

The 3 Ingredients of Small Stories

We include stories in our training with Modlettes for many reasons: Small stories are used in training programmes.  These stories are usually between 100 and 250 words, but that’s not a strict boundary. What makes a small story compelling? The 3 essential elements of stores: It’s usually about a specific person doing something specific at […]

Example of a Closing Paragraph

You might remember in an earlier Modlette Vickie was talking about designing a Modlette about visual presentations.  This is her first attempt for a final paragraph: If you feel it’s hard to create a captivating presentation, don’t worry.  It doesn’t need to be so difficult.  You should simply begin with introducing a few graphs that […]

How to Inspire Learners with your Closing Paragraph

In 95% of training programmes or Modlettes, designers finish with a quiz or test of some nature.  How much better would it be if you followed this test with an inspirational final paragraph so learners appreciate your training and implement your learning and advice. Your 4th role as a training designer. So far, we’ve discussed […]

Writing for eLearning

How to Use Tiny Ideas for Easy Learning As we know, tiny ideas are great because they give learners actionable advice. Instead of making learners feel overwhelmed by a long list of learning points, you give them one key learning point plus detailed guidance and examples of how to implement this point. Map out your […]

Writing for eLearning

How to Write Great Learning More Quickly Good examples make abstract learning points concrete so learners can understand your advice and apply it to their own situation.  In addition, they make the reading experience richer and more rewarding. But searching for examples can take a lot of time, so today I will share 4 tactics […]

Writing for eLearning

Promote Readability with Short and Broken Sentences This subhead promises a benefit: that you’ll learn how to make your learning narrative more readable, which is one step towards the happy destination of writing engaging eLearning copy.  The subhead may also arouse curiosity as readers may not know what broken sentences have to do with readability. […]

Writing for eLearning

Your opening paragraph has made learners keen to engage in your learning so they can travel to a happy destination to attain confidence in their performance. But even if learners are keen to learn more, they’re still easily distracted, so you still have to keep them engaged throughout your Modlette.  You can keep learners engaged […]

Captivate Your Learner with Your Opening

Vickie finished her opening last week by promising Karl that she can teach him how to engage his audience which is his happy destination. And of course, as Karl has been promised a happy destination, he now wants to know more. Now Vickie transitions to the next step in her introduction with a question, “Shall […]

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