Amazing Kids! Magazine

Writing Directions

By Olivia Pineda, Assistant Editor

 

There are countless times in our lives when we rely on objective writing to help us accomplish simple tasks in our daily lives. Objective writing is a form of writing where the writer does his/her best not to insert his or her opinion into whatever he or she is writing. This might be in the form of a news article, a cookbook, or some other non-fiction book; however, for this month’s Writer’s Tips, we’ll be focusing on how to write directions.

Although it may seem simple, writing directions can often be somewhat difficult to learn. As an example, let’s take the making of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. At first, it seems easy enough – just smear peanut butter and jelly on two slices of bread, put them together, and you have your sandwich. However, what if the person has never made a sandwich before? What if he or she doesn’t know how to “smear” peanut butter and jelly onto two loaves of bread? Things can start to become complicated when you have to consider the audience to whom you’re writing to. What type of language should you use? Is this an adult who’s reading your writing, or a kindergartner?

Here are few tips to keep in mind when writing your directions.

Who am I writing to?

You’re definitely going to need to think about the audience who will be reading your writing. After you have thought about your intended audience, you will need to curb your writing to fit your audience. If your readership is elementary-school-aged children, you will probably need to use simpler vocabulary than if you were writing to your parents.

What do I want to include?

When writing your directions for making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, do you want to tell your readers to go buy all the ingredients necessary, or are you going to start by assuming that they have all the supplies they need? Also, will you tell your audience that they can eat their sandwich after they’ve finished? There is no right or wrong answer, but these are things that you need to keep in mind when writing your directions.

With these two tips and a bit of thought, you’re well on your way to writing some great directions!