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Advice to HR Writers: Pluck Your Little Flowers

Advice to HR Writers: Pluck Your Little Flowers

by Frank Roche on May 1, 2007

in Writing

I went to journalism school for a few years, and the best advice I ever got was “pluck your little flowers,” which meant that writers need to recognize when their prose turns purple. That’s why I like this quote by Samuel Johnson so much – it’s about plucking your little flowers:

Read over your compositions, and wherever you meet with a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out.

This advice is particularly pointed information for HR. Write in an active voice. Be authentic. Be clear. Leave the HR and business jargon to others. Your job is to communicate with employees. If you want to be cutesy and convoluted with your writing, join a Victorian Poetry Club.

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