Have you ever filled out a police report for a collision? They give you a nice grid to draw a decent drawing of the accident using solid lines and dotted lines to mark the path of the collision. I sure can draw a decent couple of wedges marked Unit 1 and Unit 2 with arrows and lines, and you’d think that would be enough to indicate what happened. But, the usual police report includes a section called “Narrative” to describe what happened. I wonder how many people actually read the narrative, much less the writing being descriptive enough to explain what happened. Imagine how creative you can get on a section to tell your story of how two cars collided? For some people writing an essay isn’t their cup of tea, but I, being the silly putty person that I am, would love to just be able to write what I really want to say happened. (Pardon the following run-on sentence..)
“The tumultuous winds contributed to the dangerously icy conditions and continual majestic snowfall to effect a spectacular spin out of epic proportion which caused both Unit 1 and Unit 2 to careen out of control into separate paths of incredible acrobatic maneuvers.”
Not like I would write it that way, but would anyone reading the police report actually notice? Hmmm.