Editor At Large

 

 

Writing Is A Reflection Of Your Thinking

 

 

Your writing is a reflection of your thinking.  Clear, succinct, convincing writing will differentiate you as a great thinker and a valuable asset to your team, whether you are in a school or business environment.

 

However, writing seems to be a lost art, and many students and young professionals don’t realize how indispensable this skill is, especially from an employer’s perspective. Even if you’re not a professional writer, the moment you post your comment on a blog or send an e-mail, you are putting your writing out into the world.

Want To Be Taken Seriously? Become a Better Writer

We have all come across poorly written e-mails, résumés or blog posts.  Grammar is off,   tons of misspellings, language much wordier.  So if you want to be thought of as a smart thinker, you must become a better writer.

 

Practice.  Practice.  Practice. 

Practice is still the best way to become better at anything.  Begin that novel you’ve always wanted to write.  Offer to write some content for your school’s newspaper or for your company’s newsletter or start a personal journal, a blog.  Remember:  the more you write, the better you’ll become at writing.

 

Read it out loud.

It’s important to hear your writing the way others will hear it as they read.  Especially since tone in e-mails is difficult to convey.  It’s valuable to say aloud what you’ve written, and then consider a quick edit before you put it out there.

 

Make it more concise.

Less is often more.  People don’t have time to read a long “anything”.  So out of respect for your intended audience, practice making your writing short and to the point.

 

 

 

 

Read.

The number one way to improve your writing skills is to read great works.  Almost effortlessly, we learn how to compose engaging, well-structured prose.  Reading is vital to enhancing creativity.  Become a better reader.  Your writing will become better, too.

 

Treat all writing equally.

It is important to use the same writing skills for texting, tweeting, blogging, e-mailing, personal or work-related memos.  A good strategy to avoid becoming sloppy is to always type the words in full – even in short texts.  You don’t want to create bad habits in one place and have them carry over to another.

 

Happy writing everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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