Are You A Writer? - Page 2 of 3
Writing tips and tricks that helps to become a better writer!
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At this point I do need to highlight a pet hate of mine that many writer's tend to do - that being the use of the term 'one-must'. One must do this, one must do that. I truly totally hate it when I see that written. Maybe it is just me on that subject but I do think of it as a command rather than a suggestion and that of course some people will find offensive I would imagine to a degree.
It also reminds me of a posh person saying to their servants - "One must always do what I say at all times" in a high and mighty condescending voice.
Writing a load of words is often the easy part but checking afterwards to see if it is correctly done is truly the hard part and can often be very time consuming.
Just one page of written work will not only need to be checked in various ways but also many, many times over to ensure it is fully correct.
Most will first check for spelling mistakes but does it read correct is the first step in this process. Having written a bite size amount of work, or maybe, a page of text the best thing to do at that point is to walk away for at least an hour then go back to it and read it out loud as if you had never read or seen it before.
As you read it out loud to yourself, as if you were reading someone else's work, ask yourself does it read as if the person were saying it to you in a verbal way or is it just jumbled up in parts and failing to flow? If you find yourself having to stop to understand what you have written in parts or you find that it is not the same as if you would say such things verbally then you need to go back and edit those messed up parts again, or even, redo the entire section. Remember that what you are writing should be more or less the same as if you would say it to someone in person. That is why I find saying or writing the term 'one must' is so patronising. Would you say such a thing to someone in person? For sure not many people would speak in such a way in the street. Or to put it another way most people would say 'you must' rather than say 'one must'.
Remember the golden rule at this point - and that is words do not bleed. If a section is reading or just simply looking wrong or you find a needless repetition of some words then cut them out and find a better way of doing it. In addition to doing things this way first you may also stumble along some misspelt words before you take on the task of doing a full on spelling check at a later stage.
Having completed the initial check to see that what you have done reads in a good and natural flowing way the next step is then to spell check each and every single word over and over again.
You would think that this would be a very easy thing to do in this day and age with the availability of automatic spell checking software on your Laptop or PC but think again. A spell checker can only check for words that are written wrong but they cannot help you if you have typed a word correctly but it is the wrong word for the job in hand.
For example - the word Assess is correctly spelt and relates to the word Assessment but then again so is the word Asses. Meaning of course only one 'S' at the end of the word but still spelt correctly. That being the case the spell checker will regard both words as fine and therefore not highlight the fact that Asses, meaning a person's bottom, is not really the ideal word to use when writing to someone regarding that they need to Assess you, or someone else, in some way.
It is for this reason that a simple spell check is nowhere near enough when you take into account that you could have typed a word correctly but the meaning of the word is not the correct one for the job in hand.
This process of looking for spelling mistakes, or the use of the wrong words, is called proof-reading and it also vitally helps to rectify the wording within sentences that do not fully read as well as they could.
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