In today’s world of texting and Twitter, we often believe that the less we write, the better and that grammar and spelling are secondary to “short and sweet.” But whatever business or career you are in, writing is still important.
Guest post by: Carlina Yepinski
When you run a blog day in and day out, it can become difficult to come up with fresh, new content. Writing can feel like a chore. You can run out of ideas, and you can lose your motivation for finding them.
Blogging block can cripple even the most seasoned bloggers. However, it doesn’t have to be the end of your blog. You can beat the block and come up with interesting new content. Four ways to beat blogger’s block are:
Guest post by: Nadia Jones
I went into college as an English major on a research scholarship, but quickly became disillusioned with the tedium of literary criticism. I drifted away to other electives, thinking maybe I’d switch majors, when by chance I was accepted in a fiction workshop.
The experience changed my life: here I am, sitting at this desk, writing for a living today.
So what did I learn in the literary demimonde that apply to the working world? Here are a few chestnuts:
Has the quality of writing gotten worse over the past century or so? How about over the past 5 years or so with the popularity of texting and tweeting?
Linguistic studies at various years in the 20th century and today reveal some surprising facts about the way college students have used English in previous decades. As college graduates enter the work force, employers quickly discover the level of their writing abilities – or lack thereof.
A look at these studies reveals the top mistakes writers have made over various eras of the past 100 years or so. Some statistics suggest that while the nature of the errors shifted slightly, the frequency of errors remained about the same.
For businesses that rely on written communication–the vast majority of them–quality writing is critical to maintaining credibility and professionalism. Understanding which writing mistakes occur most frequently is a good starting point for avoiding them in the future.