Writing – it’s not for everyone write?
Writing – it’s not for everyone write? Well, bad puns aside, writing can be for everyone, and I’d even go as far as to say that writing should be for everyone too! I’m betting that everyone has been preached to about why they need to have great writing skills. But for those that simply don’t like writing, it’s extremely easy to come up with numerous excuses as to why writing is not for them, or why they don’t need to have great writing skills. So, here are the top 4 (based on non-existent statistics from a survey conducted with 0 respondents) excuses that non-writers have used to explain why they don’t need to write well:
- I’m never expected to write at my job, so why bother?
- I’m not an English major, so it’s not important to me.
- I’ve got better things to spend my time on than to learn how to write.
- I can rely on spell check.
These may seem like valid points to some people, but writing well is becoming such an essential skill in so many career paths, that it is becoming increasingly difficult to find careers that don’t require strong writing skills. In any case, even if you don’t need to write for your career, there are typically plenty of occasions outside of the workplace that require strong written communication skills anyway. Just as your work is a reflection of you, so are your writing skills.
Even if you’re not an English major, understanding the minor but very important differences between “their”, “they’re”, and “there” can be the first step to becoming a better writer. Best of all, it’s not really that hard so you could be on your way to better writing in no time.
We’re all busy, I get it…but learning how to write well doesn’t have to be time consuming. “Googling” certain grammar rules or checking an online dictionary to make sure a word is spelled correctly are just small steps that can have a huge impact on your writing skills.
Also, if you think spell check can catch all your mistakes, consider the following passage:
Here’s a sneak peak on all the different ways spell check can fail you. Here me out, their our so many ways that spell check can go wrong, and even with a quick read threw, there’s never any guarantee that all the mistakes will be corrected. I just rote that full paragraph and know squiggly lines appeared, must have written everything correctly write? Wrong!
Anyway, simply having great content is not the only component to exceptional work, the way you present your content is equally important as well. Try it…you won’t be disappointed.