Easy writing tips to improve your writing accuracy.
As social networking is predominately text-driven, it is a good idea to make sure your writing is up to an acceptable and readable standard.
There’s nothing worse than reading a tweet, LinkedIn or Facebook entry or blog post that is full of errors.
It gives an impression to the reader that you are either careless or worse, not a writer at all.
Great writers care about every piece of writing they craft. Could you imagine Stephen King ever making a careless typo online?
It doesn’t matter if you are about to start writing a book, a blog post or a Tweet. Always make sure your writing is of a very high standard before you share it with the world.
So to help you make a better impression on the few million people that might be reading your words, (yes, daunting isn’t it?) and improve your writing, here are ten quick tips you might want to consider keeping in mind when you are posting anything online.
Ten quick online grammar and writing tips
1. Always check that your verb agree with its subject. I hates this mistake with a passion.
2. Almost every comptupter has a speelchekker, so use it. Yoo could even use teh auto-tect correction for commun errors.
3. Typos involving small common words like that and than, it and is and there and their are easy to make. Check before you hot teh send button. Better to be safe that sorry.
4. One mistake that irks me is The incorrect use of capitalisation. I just cringe when I know that i is always wrong.
4. When you use numbered bullets, make sure they are correctly sequential.
6. Check your formatting in blog post as errors are not always obvious.
7. USE OF SHOUTING CAPITALS WILL OFFEND READERS, SO DON’T USE THEM. Except for unavoidable acronyms. LOL
8. There are some who think; oddly enough, that punctuation – commas, colons, exclamation marks, quotation marks and em dashes, are a sign: or are symbolic, of high intellect. In fact, the opposite is true and you stand a good chance of looking like an over punctuated fool.
9. I dislike sentences that always start with I. I hate it in fact. I stop reading instantly. I would advise against it. I would.
10. Reading long passages of text on the Internet; whether it be on a computer, laptop or mobile phone is very tiring on a reader’s eyes so you should be careful not to ramble on with long sentences and un-paragraphed passages of text that are neither informative nor interesting as you will lose your reader very quickly as they will become bored and stop reading your diatribe quicker than you can say, Mark Twain,, so don’t just keep typing ad infinitum about your pet subject or writing fiction in long and badly punctuated sentences that keep waffling on without ever coming to the point that was probably your intention to begin with but you forgot about once you got started and decided to add one extra point in your sentence that should have included a relative pronoun but you got lazy and just used a random comma and kept on typing. Phew! Stop! Don’t write a book online.
11. It’s always quite obvious when a writer should of done a grammar check before showing the world how much they doesn’t know about very good, or bad grammar.
12. Be quite sure that your title is relevant and is an accurate summary of your article.
It’s very easy really.
Stop for a second and think twice before you hit that button. Sending out a silly mistake to millions of people is not in your best interests.
I started my working life as a lithographer and then spent over 30 years in the printing and publishing business.
Originally from Australia, I moved to Switzerland 20 years ago. My days are spent teaching English, writing and wrestling with technology while enjoying my glorious view of the Alps.
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