CATegorically Speaking is “a reference work and study guide to facilitate the learning of briefs, phrases and conflict resolution techniques for realtime writing.”
There are four parts: Grammatical Elements, Topic Categories, Alphabets and Numbers, and A Lexicon of Word Association.
There are hundreds of sten. outlines and their English counterparts. Laurie Boucke explains in language that is clear and easy to understand the theory behind the sten. outlines; in short, how the outlines avoid conflicts with similar words or sten.
As she says to students in the introduction, “The beauty of realtime is that you know immediately if you have made an error…,” but this goes for working reporters, too, especially reporters who, like me, learned a sten. theory rife with conflicts and now must unlearn those and learn new outlines for realtime writing.
As with Brief Encounters, there’s a lot of material in here for beginners and experienced reporters alike.