Writing is an art, and like any other art one must be properly trained to do so. I started writing sometime back and was really happy about my work until all the readers laughed at my work and made fun on each and every thing I did. My writing wasn’t well presented and didn’t have headings, I made long “very informative” paragraphs but nobody cared to read them. This made me research all about good writing practices, tools and resources.
There are ample of writers (including me) who do numerous mistakes while writing and don’t even know where they are falling short. Here, I have tried to investigate all the common faults done by writers and now putting them here. Go through them and do tell me if I have missed out any fault. Bad writing may be negated at initial stages but only by practice and conscious effort can the faults be removed.
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You don’t have to mimic 400 year old style; if you want to appeal to today’s audience you must go through today’s authors and check out their writing style and dramatic style, see JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series is not just a children book, it’s hell more than that.
Writing long paragraph and putting stories in full blocks actually kills the reader’s interest. People who read on internet are looking for more of fun reading and little shots of information along the way is well accepted. Make small paragraphs, looks well presented and easy to read.
You need not beat around the bush for any reason at all, many times this is seen and it’s a total blunder as nobody likes to get caught in a puzzle. Making such scenarios as to get the reader more absorbed, actually takes the reader away from you.
You need not stick to one format and style; stereotypes have overcome our world today. Same design, same format, same cloth and same sense make life boring. Innovation needs no boundaries and no rules as well.
Listen to the “inner voice”, write what you think and how you think, many times the employer puts constraints which makes the writer feel lost in his own land. Writer should know how to deliver while hanging on to his ways.
Here I am contradicting my statement, but not without a reason. Safe play may let you go a long way, so you may sometimes stick to those practices which are proven and undoubtedly beneficial.
Keeping long titles and complex language may look good but makes an idiot of you as very few read it and even fewer would undnd ierstat.
Often writers ignore their readers and peers; they write complete text and publish it giving less notice to what their peers have to say about it, Social media comments need to be taken seriously enough to alter it totally or be proud of it. Listen to the readers review, ignoring that may get you out of business.
Some people high on ego reflect their ego in their writings, know your client wants your writing and not your ego. Some might argue that such a thing as ego as helped them rise but if it’s not kept down I am pretty sure it will get them down even faster.
Putting down the most common (at least for me) grammatical mistakes done while writing. Go through these well as nobody could be perfect with each of these (unless with a degree in English).
Your vs. You’re
Your means “The forms of the possessive case of the personal pronoun you”.
Usage > your book
You’re, is a contraction for “you are”.
Usage > you’re not doing this right.
It’s vs. Its
Its, means “Possessive form of the pronoun it”.
Usage > this page has lost its attraction.
It’s, is the Contraction for “it is” or “it has”.
Usage > It’s very important to use correct English.
There vs. Their
There as noun means “a location other than here” also an adverb.
Usage > there are many people in this field.
Their means “The possessive case of the personal pronoun they”.
Usage > their opinion is also important.
Affect vs. Effect
Affect as verb means “act physically on”.
Usage > Communication skill immensely affects the income.
Effect as noun means “the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work”.
Usage > the effect of communication skill is immense on income.
Loose vs. Lose
Loose as verb means “become loose or looser or less tight”.
Usage > See that your pants aren’t too loose.
Lose as verb means “allow to go out of sight”.
Usage > don’t lose your wallet.
Who’s vs. whose
Whose means “The possessive case of who or which”.
Usage > whose game is over?
Who’s is contraction for “who is”.
Usage > who’s coming home with me?”)
NOTE: All word meanings are taken from onelook.com