WRITERS: The Sky really is Falling
No, this one doesn't have to do with Amazon. It has to do with declining literacy rates. From the article: "Officials told CBS 2′s Kramer that nearly 80 percent of those who graduate from city high schools arrived at City University’s community college system without having mastered the skills to do college-level work."
One of those remedial skills that they are having to learn: reading.
Let me be up front, this article is referring exclusively to New york City. It doesn't say anything about a national or international epidemic of illiteracy, but it still raises the question: How should writers respond?
These ideas may sound humorous, but I'm not trying to be funny. I propose these in an effort to encourage people to make their work accessible to the highest number of people. After all, your story may be the very one that captivates some young persons mind and motivates them to take a greater interest in and ultimately master reading.
• Use smaller words.
• Writer shorter stories.
• Avoid compound sentences.
Okay, those are my three suggestions. Do you have any thoughts on how to make your writing more accessible to individuals who have a low amount of literacy? Tell me in the comments below.