by Barbara McNichol
Our society loves “3”; we remember things in “3s”; we’ve learned it from kindergarten when we were told to hop, skip, jump and stop, look, and listen.
Businesses gravitate toward “3” when they create marketing taglines. Look at these examples:
- Reduce, reuse, recycle (recycle guide)
- Buy it. Sell it. Love it. (eBay)
- Grace, space, pace. (Jaguar)
How can you improve your writing by tapping into the power of “3”? Consider this example from a newsletter. The rewrite flows better because of the three-part rhythm brought into play.
You are free to choose, create and live the life you want if you are willing to investigate, make changes, update your protective strategies, be honest with yourself, and invest in what it takes to continue growing. (37 words)
You are free to choose, create, and live the life you want. (12 words)
That works if you are willing to investigate, update your strategies with honesty, and invest in continuing to grow. (20 words)
Also notice how the long-winded sentence was broken into two shorter sentences with breathing space between. Ah, much easier for readers to follow.
How can you tap into the power of “3” in your writing? Share your examples.