3 Writing Basics For Everyday Use
A thorough report.
Your online bio.
A note to a loved one.
Most adults are far away from their basic school "written language" lessons and in this quick-hit, "who cares about accuracy" digital age, the effect is lots of sloppy grammar, pedestrian formation of words and a lack of wordplay or vocabulary variety.
I'm even breaking apart these sentences because I know you will scan the info, rather than thoroughly read it!
Often, your writing style is a dead giveaway of:
• Educational background or level*
• How much you currently read
• The time and attention you've dedicated to the task and recipient of the message
• Your professionalism
*BIG NOTE: Regardless of your schooling, reading regularly, STARTING NOW, will give you above-average writing skills.
Below are 3 BASIC WRITING...er...BASICS!...to put you ahead of the pack with your written communications.
1) START SENTENCES WITH DIFFERENT WORDS
Look above. At the head of each break / sentence, every sentence begins with a different word. You can rearrange sentence structure to make this happen.
ORIGINAL SENTENCE : I'm going to explore the new shopping mall later this week.
REARRANGED : Later this week, I'm going to explore the new shopping mall.
ORIGINAL SENTENCE : He likes to eat carrots, apples, croissants and kale.
REARRANGED : Kale, croissants, apples and carrots are some of the things he likes to eat.
2) USE A VARIETY OF WORDS
This is how to make writing more interesting, thorough and eye-catching.
You don't need to run every single word through thesaurus.com and your recipient shouldn't need to consult a dictionary (hah!) to understand your message.
However, if you are talking about a joyful event, using "happy" 4 times doesn't effectively communicate the elation and excitement of the delightful experience you are wanting to accurately convey.
3) KEEP IT SIMPLE and KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE
Take out extra words and notions.
Are you repeating the same details in different ways? For no reason?
What information is important to the reader? Just include that.
If your written communication is for mechanical purposes, i.e. transferring specific and important information, leave out the fluff and extra adjectives. Just the facts, ma'am! Bullet points are often your friend in emails or reports. PEOPLE DON'T READ on their screens...they scan. Wait, are you reading this?! 🤣
Grammar and punctuation. Le sigh. Unless you are doing it for comedy with a familiar friend or family member, pls don't use shorthand stuff tho even if u are on a dating app or uh any app its so unpeeling and mos def unpro 2 see mispeled, uncorrect, n non-words wit no punctuation. Just b str8 w real wrds n sntnces, k?
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