Regardless of your chosen profession, honed writing skills are a necessary component of your job description. Whether it’s an email, report or contract, there are plenty of ways writing is integrated into daily tasks.
In such a digital and connected world, many positions will require writing like blog posts and online content. These areas require a different style of writing than the academic essay. Thus, (even though we have moved away from pen and paper) writing in any career has become more complex and essential than before.
Even if you have no intention of being a professional writer, there’s more than one reason to improve your skills.
Writing skills train our brains to think analytically and logically. To write a cohesive and understandable email, report or letter, professionals must be able to rationalize their thoughts and persuade others to assert similar thinking (especially useful in marketing).
Whether it is to promote yourself or another’s idea, writing is the best way to showcase and communicate attributes. Maybe you are up for a promotion. You can show your employers what you know and what you can do by writing. Make the information tangible and readily available to those who need it.
In writing, whether you notice it or not, your personality and character will show through. By word choices and structure, the way your brain thinks will translate to the page (or screen). Use your unique voice to form original writing and correspondence.
Not only will honed writing skills show who you are, but they will demonstrate to others your level of overall intelligence. Maybe you are experienced in a specific area of interest, but you lack the necessary skills to communicate this expertise. Nobody may be made aware of what you know, unless you can showcase it properly.
Since writing is persuasive, if done effectively, it will also improve your marketing skills. They are one in the same, writing and marketing. Every effective piece of copy needs words, even if the ad is visual, the words always matter.
Now it’s time to understand how to enhance your writing skills.
Try the following tips and tools to jumpstart your practices today:
We all need a refresher course once in a while. A language and all it’s rules can be tough to remember, especially for those who do not work specifically as writers. You can check out free sites like Grammar Girl’s QuickandDirtyTips.com for guidance and support.
Practice makes perfect, right? Your brain is a muscle that needs training to improve, just like an athletes muscles need practice to reach optimum performance results. Sites like EssayMama.com are an excellent online source for free writing guides, professional editing advice and blog article inspiration.
There are online editors like HemingwayApp.com that can help writers achieve this sometimes-difficult editing task. The site focuses on helping writers communicate profound thoughts with short sentences. And when writing for the web, you want to keep it short and sweet.
You can search to find local classes or workshops online. Try a creative writing class that meets once a week. Or perhaps you need a quicker online-based option to fit into your schedule. Sites like WritersCafe.org are perfect online platforms to meet and discuss writing with other writers.
Even the best writer needs an editor. And once is never enough. Reading your own writing multiple times means you’ll naturally start to miss issues. However, since we do not all have access to editing professionals, seeking an online editor is an efficient option. Try sites like Draftin.com and their “ask a professional” feature to gain expert assistance.
In every profession, writing and communication play an important role. It’s up to you to practice and hone your skills. No employer is going to hold your hand or walk you through your own education.
Take it upon yourself to understand why writing skills are so important. And use these tips and tools to get started.
There is always room for improvement and anyone can do it. Good luck and happy writing!
Julie Petersen is a private English language tutor and a content marketing specialist. At present time she is working on writing reviews at www.AskPetersen.com. Besides, she is a contributor to such websites as LifeOptimizer, FreelanceWrite.About, Teach.com, etc.
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