Most people believe that writing is easy. This is a myth. Writing isn’t that easy. True that anyone with a computer and a word processing program can put words together and create sentences, but what about the right word and punctuation?
You can’t rely on the grammar and spelling part of any word processing program to be correct. There is personal style, also publishing house style not to mention AP, APA, Chicago, MLA, and more depending on the project written.
As a freelance writer or a writer in general, there are many considerations to take into account such as word subject agreement, the correct verb, spelling of people like composers and others correctly.
As Mark Twain said, “The difference between the almost right word & the right word is really a large matter–it’s the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” It is about knowing the subject and using the right words to convey your thoughts so the reader will understand your meaning. Many a meaning is lost from thought to paper then to the reader because of poor word choice or the wrong word, as I have seen in some books I have read for review.
In addition, take into consideration if your sentences are active or passive, the preferred is active. If you are not sure of the difference, learn and always try to write in the active.
Many people must write for business. Writing business letters and e-mails each hold their own challenges. When writing for business you usually are trying to convey some aspect of the business to another person. You need to get your point across in a short e-mail or letter that states the purpose and action required from the person receiving the e-mail or letter. Short and to the point to convey meaning and action required without putting the person receiving it on the defensive.
If you are writing to your mother, father, sister, brother, or best friend you should always try to write your best, for it is true that practice makes perfect. The more you work at writing correctly, the more it will become natural. Writing naturally doesn’t mean that you can become lazy or sloppy.
With each piece of writing, strive to improve every facet of your writing.
I will discuss various aspects of writing in the subsequent parts.
- Writing with Purpose (amaranthmine.wordpress.com)
- Learning more: Writing, editing and formatting (wordsetcwriting.com)