Tips for Using Bulleted Lists
Good writing isn’t always about sophisticated, lengthy narratives. There’s no need to showcase your ability to use a thesaurus. Sure, making every word count and mean something to help the piece is important; but more often than not; short & sweet lists and graphical elements are beneficial.
More than just words on a page, a founding element of writing is presentation. You should be aware of the native platform your readers will be using; whether it’s a book, pamphlet, flyer, poster, mobile device, or a traditional blog in a browser. When you have a point to get across, and a lot of information to present, being clear and concise is the most important thing. For this, bulleted lists come in handy.
Lists work best when there’s some introductory preface. This doesn’t have to be lengthy (two or three lines work best), and should help the reader prepare for the list that follows. Each bulleted element should be a clear, independent factoid that can survive on its own. Any explination or instruction should exist in the accompanied text above.
- Focus on Graphical Placement
- Don’t Make Lists Too Long
- Supporting Facts / Elements Only
- Thematically Similar / Unified Content
- Short Sweet & To the Point (minimize clichés)