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Don¶t Abandon Formal Writing Skills Just Yet I¶m old. There are three ways you can tell. 1. I have more gray hairs than brown ones. 2. I remember the theme music to St. Elsewhere.* 3. I write using complete words and sentences. Social networking sites like Twitter and the phenomenal popularity of texting have changed the way people communicate in writing. All the old rules are out the window. Now, the faster you can write it, the better. The more acronyms you can use in your message, the less likely your parents or your boss will understand what you¶ve said. It¶s a new language ± a useful language ± driven as much by the capabilities of electronic devices as by the need to express information or thoughts. And by itself, it¶s a good thing. I¶ve already hinted that I¶m a purist when it comes to writing, but even I can appreciate the practicality of being able to say in a few thumb taps what I might choose to convey in an entire luxurious line of carefully constructed prose. So what¶s the problem? You write your way, I¶ll write mine. But there is a problem, and it¶s reflected in the growing numbers of people who can no longer write in the formal, professional

the less practice they get using correct English. Click here if you want to hear it. if you want to be able to handle nuance. It certainly won¶t suffice for college application essays. and beauty that enables us to express in the most precise way. subtlety. It may be fine to text a buddy in ten keystrokes about meeting at a favorite hangout. If all you want to say is: GF. You can feel the heartbeat in the bass line. I¶m not just guessing about this. worth thinking about. Texting-style short writing is probably here to stay. R U THERE? NE14KFC? BBFN**.style that businesses and academia demand. then please recognize that there¶s another way to write that¶s just as practical and just as useful as the short style you¶re so adept at. by the way. crispy. are you there? Anyone for KFC? Bye bye for now. choosing instead to praise the content ± as though content and the ability to articulate it well were two unrelated things. after all? ²²²²²²²²²²* A great little piece. but that sort of shorthand doesn¶t cut it when you want to explain or discuss anything of substance or depth. What a huge disservice they are doing! You can probably tell that this is one of my pet peeves. And isn¶t that the purpose of writing. correct English are limited in their careers and in dozens of ways necessary to simply conduct the business of life. or the content on your website (if you¶re trying to sell to anybody over the age of 18). greasy meal to your heart¶s content (or heart attack ± whichever comes first). every shade of meaning imaginable. So they avoid pointing out writing errors. letters to prospective employers. and that¶s fine. then use whatever means you like and enjoy that delicious salty. Schools aren¶t doing enough to impress upon students how very important it is that they develop strong writing skills. **Translation: Girl Friend. They send young people out into the world with an unrealistic idea of what is acceptable. And the more young people use the short writing style. Remember that English contains immense variety. build one thought upon another until you¶ve said something worth reading. People who are unable to write clear. explain a process. Too many teachers are more interested in having the kids feel self-esteem than in having them earn self-esteem through achievement. emotion. the more you will connect. and that the more capable you are of using this fantastic language. I see it every day in my work as a Writing Repair consultant. But if you want to serve up ideas that can¶t be contained in the 140 characters that Twitter allows for. Published in: y y y y y y y y y Blogging Business Writing Communication Education English English Text English Writing Language Thoughts .

you¶ve lost a potential customer. skillfully used. But no matter how much effort one puts into learning English. Blogging. The internet has shrunk the entire planet down to the size of your computer screen. I have nothing but admiration for people who master a second language. But the opposite is also true. Whatever the language of its home country. and their attention will be shifted away from your message. will make potential clients feel well informed. Every time someone stops reading your site because of poor-quality writing. and. has the power to make a connection between writer and reader. error-free text. English is the international language of business. as the title of this blog says. or that contains distracting mistakes. Education. If understanding the text requires too much work. In these case studies. How Do You Look? The Earth is getting smaller. Companies who want to sell to English-speaking customers need to pay close attention to the quality of writing that appears on websites. They¶ll notice the flaws. 2009 at 6:37 pm Comments (11) Tags: Business Writing. and sell. That¶s a valuable asset in marketing. and confident ± and more likely to buy. Let¶s look at some examples. Text that is difficult to understand. Writing. convince. English Text. comfortable. BEFORE (as written) Talented people are our treasure Producing the first-class brands and satisfying our customers are made only possible by people. it is the rare person indeed who can write it like someone born to the task. people will leave. such as misspellings and improperly used idioms. in brochures. English. Communication. Language Your English is Your Face to the World. a company that wants to attract customers beyond the limitations of geography must use an English version of its website to inform. It takes years of dedication. Copy Writing. written in a pleasing style.S. Language. promote. and the final version is the transformation into a style that is designed to make a connection with English-speaking readers. and in product literature. Writing Repair.y y y Uncategorized Writing Writing Repair on April 8. the second version merely corrects errors and phrasing. The following are excerpts borrowed from the English versions of websites put up by companies outside the U. Well organized. Businesses all over the world are going global. But there can be a huge difference between English written by native speakers and the English written by people who use it as a second language. the first version is verbatim. will fail to connect with native English speakers. . Most people will only give a website a short time before moving on. English Writing.

We have a live saliva test video showing microscopic proof that will satisfy all our skeptical customers.If our employees are not capable to make such products or if they have no will to do so. Good for health. . AFTER (correction of errors and phrasing only) Without using any chemical agent or toothpaste. and should always support development of employees¶ ability and to inspire their enthusiasm. AFTER (correction of errors and phrasing only) Talented people are our greatest asset Achievement of our primary goals ± producing first-class products and satisfying our customers ± is only made possible by our employees. gingivitis. . infections etc. management always need to remind itself that employees of XYZ with capable and enthusiasm are the asset of XYZ. Therefore. They are the reason we can achieve our primary goals: to produce first class products and to satisfy our customers. not only such goal cannot be achieved at all. Management must always remember that capable and enthusiastic employees are our greatest asset. specially good for chemical sensitive person also good for enviorment. Here¶s another example: BEFORE (as written) Without using any chemical agent or tooth pest just water treated brush will eliminate all harmful bacteria inside mouth which cause bad odor. But dentists don¶t want to see this brush on the market because they¶ll have fewer patients to treat. There¶s no need for toothpaste. We have a live salaiva test video under microscope to satisfy all of our skeptical customers. Our product has been tested and certified by dentist but dentists do not want to see the brush on the market. Good for your health ± especially for chemical-sensitive people. simple reason. just adding water to our treated brush will eliminate all harmful bacteria which cause odors. . etc. Also good for the environment. No need any kind of tooth paste. gingivitis. BEST (effective text for English readers) Talented people are our greatest asset Our talented employees make it all possible. infections. but there will be no hope of growth and development. then not only will XYZ fall short of our goals. We work hard to inspire their enthusiasm and to support them in meeting the exciting new challenges they face every day. Management never loses sight of the vital contribution our employees make to our success. or if they haven¶t the will to do so. gum diseases. . growth and development. . . If our people are not capable of making fine products. but also there can be no room for promise. Our people have the capability and the will to keep us on the right track and to ensure our continued growth and development. and must always support further development of their abilities and inspire their enthusiasm. less dental patients to treat. different type of gum desease. Our product has been tested and certified by dentists.

and more. effective English writing. the resulting version may still sound ³foreign. and to encourage action. Very few can create the third stage. Our product has been tested and certified by dentists. Let the text on your website or brochures carry your reader along the path you set for him. It¶s good for your health. then get help from somebody who It¶s a worthy investment. and the health of the environment too. and what I promote as part of my philosophy regarding the importance of good writing. gum disease. the translation of ACTION is SALES. Are you skeptical? Let us send you our saliva test video showing microscopic proof. gingivitis.´ If you or your in-house people aren¶t capable of producing natural sounding. Many people can learn to take text from the first stage to the second. Good writing has the power to do that. and infections. Published in: y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y Advertising Blogging Brochures Business Business Writing Communication Copy Copy Writing Direct Mail Advertising ESL English English Learners English Text English Writing Internet Marketing . When someone translates from a language that is structured differently from English. and keep him on track. and eliminate all harmful bacteria which cause mouth odors. but this is what companies should strive for. ***** Could your business use my services? Visit my website at www. The type of transformation illustrated above is what I do or e-mail me at rose@jlrco. But dentists don¶t want to see this product on the market because they¶ll have fewer patients to treat.BEST (effective text for English readers) Throw your toothpaste away! Just add water to our Magic Brush toothbrush. It has the power to convince. And in this case.jlrco. People who are sensitive to chemicals will love this toothbrush.

and express a desire to achieve excellence. English Writing. English. Communication. who are working hard to improve their writing skills. Direct Mail Advertising. They are hungry for improvement and . English Learners. English Text. Website Content. Blogging.y y y y y y y y y y y Language Marketing Print Advertising Public Relations Small Business Uncategorized Website Content Work Writing Writing Repair Writing Workshops on June 11. I¶ve met lots of ambitious individuals. Writing Workshops When Do You Need a Writing Fixer? Take this test 1. and if you got the bonus question right (there is only one right answer). Writing Repair. Brochures. Business Writing. 2008 at 4:59 pm Comments (7) Tags: Advertising. you need the services of a writing fixer. living in the U.S. It¶s what the boss thinks that counts Through this blog. send me samples. Small Business. Education. Public Relations.S. Website Copy. They ask me questions. Did you write your own website text just to save money? 2. Business. Language. Do you have employees who use English as a second language whose job responsibilities include writing? 4. Copy. and want to do business with English-speaking customers? Bonus Question Do you care about the image your company is projecting? If you answered YES to any of the first five questions. and all over the world. or confusing but you don¶t know how to make it better? 3. Are most of your employees under 35 years old? 5. boring. Are you located outside the U. Copy Writing. Work. Internet Marketing. Print Advertising. Writing. Do you have sales and marketing copy that¶s dry. Marketing. ESL.

The original may be awful and need a complete overhaul. But if you¶re the owner of the company. Do something about it I¶m a big fan of my own approach: Writing Repair. Or it may be close ± almost there ± just needs a little something« What I do is more than editing or correction of obvious mistakes. it¶s the application of creative polish that brings about the transformation. 3. yet still had to guess at what it meant? Have you ever stopped reading something you thought you were interested in because the writing was putting you to sleep? 5.jlrco. the goal is to eliminate bad writing in your Do you notice mistakes in other people¶s writing? Do writing mistakes influence your evaluation of the author or organization? Have you ever read something a few times. But the reality is that very few of these people will ever produce a level of English writing that meets high professional standards ± and these are the ones who are really working at it. and if you¶ve been searching for the answer to a problem that¶s hurting your business either locally or in the international arena. it¶s a lot easier than you think. Another test 1. then welcome ± you¶re the person I¶m writing this for. ³It¶s magic!´ (That was a bit dramatic. y What Writing Repair Can Do For You (How to have professional caliber business writing from day one) . What about the great majority who think that whatever they write is good enough as long as people can understand it? Or those who excuse poor writing because English is their second language? Or those who attend a writing workshop but never improve enough to make much difference? Some of them may be working for you. and maybe they think it really doesn¶t matter.strongly motivated. Do you have any writing pet peeves? If you¶re saying YES. or the manager of the department. More information Here are a few articles that may be of interest. 4. If you get the right kind of help. what do you think? If you don¶t but it was fun to hear. you can contact me at rose@jlrco. Be sure to mention ³Writing Repair´ in the subject line. And visit my website at www. Clients send me text they don¶t like and get back effective writing that says what they want to say ± but better. YES as you read these questions. 2. YES. If you¶re thinking that Writing Repair is just what your company needs. I know it works. then you¶re reading the wrong blog. As one client said when he compared the original and revised versions of his copy.) Whether you come to me or use somebody else. But if you do care. you¶ve got the point.

How Do You Look? (Before and After: the result of Writing Repair) Published in: y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y Advertising Brochures Business Business Writing Communication Copy Copy Writing Direct Mail Advertising ESL Education English English Learners English Text English Writing Internet Internet Marketing Language Marketing Print Advertising Public Relations Small Business Website Content Work Writing Writing Repair Writing Workshops on June 2. and price of bad writing) Writing Workshops vs. workshops may be a step toward solving an employee¶s problem. Writing Repair (From management¶s perspective. English. Small Business. ESL. Writing. business owners can help keep workers afloat) Bad Writing ± An Obstacle to Achieving Your Purpose (The risks. Internet Marketing. Education. Writing Repair.y y y y A Workforce That Needs Writing Repair (In the international employee pool. Business Writing. but they don¶t solve yours) Your English Is Your Face To The World. Business. Direct Mail Advertising. English Text. 2008 at 7:43 pm Comments (8) Tags: Advertising. Language. English Writing. Blogging. Communication. Public Relations. Print Advertising. Work. Brochures. English Learners. Website Content. Copy Writing. Marketing. Website Copy. damage. Writing Workshops . Copy.

But it¶s usually too little. and professional. Writing Repair ± Because Bad Writing Costs You Money. Last December.A Workforce That Needs ³Writing Repair´ There are two key factors that explain why today¶s workforce needs writing repair services. history. ³I want to find out what¶s going to happen. Failure of the educational system: I was raised in a different era. like my writing repair service. and sports were all available for those who were interested. Writing presents a greater challenge. The presence of remedial courses at most colleges these days is evidence of the failure of elementary and secondary schools to consistently turn out students with adequate language skills. When companies ignore these realities or underestimate the negative impact that poor writing has on customers. I will never forget the following incident that occurred some years back. Many have studied English in their home countries. and a foreign language) that was considered the minimum core knowledge needed for a bright future. Art. clear. People can pick up a few tips regarding common mistakes and grammatical rules. which you can read more about in the first post on this blog. they make a serious mistake. or take classes once they arrive. It is difficult to change ingrained language patterns. I was on a coffee break and went to the employee lounge to enjoy a chapter of the novel I was reading. But speaking English and writing English are two different things. I went to school in New York City at a time when its public schools were among the best in the country. They may speak and read it well enough to get along. I didn¶t have to see a sample of her writing to know what it would be like. and don¶t provide long term support. Things are very different now. but there is another. all reading was a chore for her. ³Gee. . and even their own employees. science. Every class included lots of reading and writing. So these remedies have only limited effect. So even after taking remedial courses and graduating from college. ³I never read a whole book. about one third of students still lack acceptable skills to bring to the workplace. about 1400 pages. geography. suppliers.´ I told her. This is an obvious factor. music. But there was no choice about studying the required subjects.´ Clearly. a little sheepishly. That¶s why I advocate a continuing approach. more troublesome one. NBC News reported that over 30% of college graduates do not meet basic literacy standards. math. Most people know their limitations and welcome assistance. One of the young clerks saw me and asked how I could read such a thick book.´ she said. especially in the workplace where correspon. Some companies arrange for writing workshops taught by consultants over a one or two day period.dence and documents must be accurate. and learning a body of information (literature. The Growing Diversity of our Population: Our workforce includes ever-growing numbers of people born and educated outside the United States. too late. It happened to be a rather long book. Class time was devoted to developing basic skills.

Work. Internet Marketing. professional. Writing. English Learners. ESL. Marketing. Small Business. there¶s a way to get it without going through the exercise of trying to turn employees into good writers.jlrco. Website Content. ³your results may vary´ ± and a lot depends on where you¶re starting from. Many companies think they can solve the problem by sending employees to a two-hour or twoday or e-mail me at rose@jlrco. Blogging. Writing Repair What do employers really want? Do they want their employees to become better writers? Or do they want company correspondence and documents to be well written? These are not the same. Communication.´ . Business. I think employers want the latter. English Text. Print Advertising. Public Relations. English Writing. 2007 at 7:09 pm Comments (7) Tags: Advertising. Copy. he can¶t take a chance on the wide range of results that may come from asking his people to attend a workshop or take an online course. Copy Writing. Writing Workshops Writing Workshops vs. ambiguities. Website Copy. Writing Repair. Published in: y y y y y y y y y y Business Business Writing Communication Education English Language Small Business Work Writing Writing Workshops on June 25. When an employer needs to know that the correspondence and documents being written by his employees are correct. Fortunately.___________________ Could your business use my services? Visit my website at www. Language. Nor can he wait while employees practice their writing lessons. his company¶s correspondence may still contain mistakes. Brochures. and effective. and ineffective expression of ideas. because while they do. In a business setting. ³better than it used to be´ is not an acceptable alternative to ³good. Direct Mail Advertising. Business Education. clear. But as they say in the ads for hair restoration creams and diet pills. English.

Past a certain point in life. ³A Workforce that Needs Writing Repair. and to organize his thoughts before they go down on the page. it¶s extremely difficult to change them.´ Employers today are dealing with an employee pool that has serious problems with writing skills. Whatever the reason. not the writer. employers need to address the issue of poor writing. . as the thing that needs to be ³fixed. and effectiveness of expression. completely unsupported. Using My Writing Repair Service y y y y y y I see the document. or which have the potential to cause misunderstandings. especially those using English as a second language. and punctuation errors. Any time an employee doesn¶t have the confidence or skills to do it alone. many people simply don¶t write well. Using the Workshop Approach y y y y y Workshops can¶t guarantee enough improvement to eliminate all mistakes. Two key factors contribute greatly to this: the decline in the educational system. By asking the right questions. They may not be relevant to the type of writing being done at the employer¶s company.´) I am there as a continuing resource that employees can call on whenever they need to write something important.I want to repeat something I talked about in one of my other posts. Most important: people¶s language habits are deeply ingrained. organization of material. Workshops use educational materials created for the course. and the fact that so many people come to their jobs with a language background other than English. I work side by side with people who need writing support. At some point after the workshop. clarity. The question is: what¶s the best way for a business to do that? Readers of this blog know that I sometimes use this space to talk about my own consulting business. (See my post ³When You Can¶t Get Started Writing. I¶ll be there to make it easy. Some employees may make great progress. so that the final version is professional and does the job it is intended to do. won¶t always know how or when to apply the information.´ I review grammar. here¶s a comparison of the workshop approach vs. even if I have to write the piece myself. spelling. are misleading. Workshops offer methods and tips. They are certainly not the actual correspondence and documents the employee has to produce in the course of doing his job. Such passages can cause real damage to a business if they are not caught and revised. I can identify passages that don¶t really convey what the writer means. In that context. employees are left to fend for themselves. some hardly any. the ongoing support provided by my ³Writing Repair´ service. but employees. Results are not consistent. If they want to get the most out of the skills and experience their employees do have. Several hours or days of workshop training won¶t do it. I am going to make sure the writing is good. even if a period of follow-up is provided. I can show a writer how to think about what needs to be written.

Business Writing. Small Business. Copy Writing. Work. From the most important point of view. Writing. Brochures. Writing Repair. English Writing. ESL. Copy. Education. English Learners. Marketing. Print Advertising. Published in: y y y y y y y y y y y Business Business Writing Communication Education English Language Marketing Small Business Work Writing Writing Workshops on June 23. English. Communication.y y y I work directly on the company correspondence and documents.jlrco. Company work is correct and professional from the very first day. Business. English Text. There is no time lag while employers wait for employees to get better at writing. employees do actually become better writers because they can compare their original drafts with our final versions. Language. You pay for the workshop once. Website Copy. Actual company work is being produced in the process. not on made-up exercises. Although teaching is not my primary purpose. if it doesn¶t do what you want it to. Public it doesn¶t matter which one is more expensive« «because there¶s nothing cost effective about choosing a cheaper solution. Direct Mail Advertising. or e-mail me at rose@jlrco. You pay for me every month. and because they can ask questions about why certain changes were made. Writing Workshops Ten Ways to Become a Better Writer . Does ³Writing Repair´ cost more than a workshop? Maybe. Internet Marketing. 2007 at 7:25 pm Comments (7) Tags: Advertising. ***** Could your business use my services? Visit my website at www. Website Content. however.

Thinking is necessary preparation for writing. Listen for idioms. Fiction. abbreviations. writing will be a much easier and smoother process. deal with having a great variety of words at your disposal and using them correctly. It¶s a brain to pen to paper activity. Numbers 4. they are worth repeating. and have to do with your overall development as a writer. for example. biographies ± anything that captures your imagination and keeps you interested ± can provide a model for language used well. So read. And while you¶re reading. it can derail the story. that reading a dictionary just to see what¶s in it. All this will give you insights into how to best use a word and how your reader may perceive it. As an added benefit. and relationships to other languages. accents. and are willing to work hard to become the best writers they can be. When you read good contemporary fiction. spelling. use your dictionary to check the definition. 4. is entertaining and enlightening. word roots and families. When done badly. casual. Some of the tips belong in both posts because they relate to writing habits. When dialog is written well. 1. You may find. There is an almost infinite variety of meanings and moods that we can impart by selecting the perfect word for every thought. the story comes to life.Spend even a short time reading through blogs and you¶ll quickly realize that a lot of blog-space is spent discussing the art of writing. If you take the time to make them before you start. and 6. In a previous post (When You Can¶t Get Started Writing) I went through the process of sitting down to write a specific piece. Do your research. It¶s an invaluable resource for finding synonyms. Use your dictionary and thesaurus: One of the advantages of the English language is that we have so many words to choose from. I discussed things I do when I write. It¶s a very enjoyable way to become a better writer. Today I¶d like to share some tips that are more general. 5. having an ear for the way people speak is essential. and when I help others to write. Choose your style (formal. and local expressions. be aware of how effectively you are transported into the scene by great dialog. 2. Dictionaries also include common expressions. you can vary it with alternatives found in . professional). or have the reader laughing during the most serious passages. Some of the tips go together. If you re-read a paragraph you¶ve written and find that you¶ve used the same word several times. newspapers (which are supposed to be non-fiction). because spoken English and written English are not always the same. Before you pick up a pen or place your hands on the keyboard. Authentic dialog makes characters real. Read: Reading the work of good authors helps you develop a sense of how effective writing is constructed. People who have the urge to express themselves want to do it well. you¶ll become really good at finishing the crossword puzzle. Organize your information. Dialog writing is a special skill. and lots of other information. I also make frequent use of my thesaurus. Know your purpose. as I have. Listening to spoken language is a good way to get it. All of these are decisions a writer must make. Whenever you have a doubt. Even if you¶ve read them before. Numbers 7 and 8 have to do with clarity and simplicity. and even where to correctly hyphenate a word. Think: Writing isn¶t a pen to paper activity. and gives you a glimpse of the skill and artistry that go into it. It¶s definitely an art worth working on. Dictionaries also provide information on the origins and derivations of words (etymology). non-fiction. take note of the author¶s style and pay attention to how ideas and emotions are expressed. Listen: If you are writing fiction. get in the habit of giving thought to what you want to say. 3.

7.´ When we speak. Choose the work of respected writers in any genre that interests you.sounding words that people often insert into their writing purely for the purpose of seeming more intelligent. the result is bad writing. take another moment to read the synonyms. You can enrich your vocabulary by reading and listening to proper English. just come across as phony or as a cover for lack of confidence. You may find situations when those million dollar words are just right. we tend to pronounce the words ³would have´ as a contraction (would¶ve) which is perfectly legitimate. The spoken contraction sounds more like ³would of´ than ³would have´. Rough translation: By putting forth this idea. It takes some work to learn to identify the potential pitfalls. There are many ³sound-alike´ words in the English language (their/there/they¶re. y y Example: By promulgating this theory. or more scholarly. but only ³would have´ is correct when you¶re writing the phrase as two separate words. One of my other posts discusses common mistakes your spell checker won¶t find ± words that people often mix up and use incorrectly. It¶s going to make a big difference and make writing more fun. where shorter or more common words would work as well. Take the trouble to do these things if you feel you do not have a large enough variety of words at your disposal. 6. then/than). Enrich your vocabulary: All those words to choose from! The more of them you have at your command. Either way. and many commonly confused words (such as less/fewer. 5. (If that¶s what you¶re thinking. You can study about them by reading websites that are dedicated to clarifying the differences and giving examples of correct usage. One such example is ³would of´ instead of ³would have.´ These are longer. Use them sparingly. Don¶t overdo the ³million dollar words´: While you want to use a variety of words to convey more precise meaning. less is more. and lets you convey the precise shade of meaning you have in mind. You can also find vocabulary texts and exercises at educational bookstores. and use them correctly: You want your reader to focus on what you have to say.your thesaurus. . There are also mistakes that come from the way we talk. that can sabotage your writing. You¶ll gain extra information each time you look something up. be careful that you don¶t fill your writing with what I call ³million dollar words. but in my opinion. Whenever you look up a word in the dictionary. If you have something interesting or compelling to say. for example).) Too many big words. But it¶s not the words themselves that indicate how smart you are. you¶re already in trouble. the more expressive your writing will be. The right choice of words gives your writing sparkle. Learn the differences between ³sound-alikes´ and commonly confused words. I can show how smart I am. but mistakes are distractions that will grab a reader¶s attention and interrupt the flow of your writing. but eliminating these mistakes will do a lot to improve your writing. I can evince my erudition. to/too/two. more obscure. You can find vocabulary-building websites that contain lists and quizzes. it¶s the ideas. your intelligence is going to come through even if you use the simplest words.

fiction writers need to do it in order to create characters that are unlike themselves. That helps make your meaning more clear. the student must clean the mess created by such activity before leaving the kitchen. It¶s good to vary the length of sentences in your writing. I start a new sentence. Keep it honest: Writing is a risky activity. It may be a complex idea. honesty shows. In the second example I¶ve cut a lot of extraneous words and chosen words that serve the purpose better. but when I¶m ready to move to the next idea. and what you find important. Writing mistakes can cost you an opportunity with . (passive voice) Alice cut the cake into tiny pieces. 10. (passive voice) Many people read the book. (active voice) By switching from the passive voice to the active voice. clear. Keep it simple: Simple writing is clean. b. let that voice be authentic. and accessible to a wide variety of readers. does the meaning remain effectively the same?´ c. I like to express one idea per sentence. Active voice vs. Your writing tells the reader many things about you. business writing. Nothing is lost but the clutter. you have to be yourself. you do). Needless words: Take a look at these two ways to write a cooking class regulation: y y When the process of baking a pie results in drips and splatters in your oven. opinion pieces. Short sentences are okay. It can indicate your level of education. you must clean it before you leave.8. (Think of watching a play with really bad actors. Of course. Sentence length and structure: Generally. I always try to keep the following three things in mind: a. political leanings. and personal writing. whether it¶s a personal piece or not. ³If I cut this word. What kind of a person do you seem to be? In blogging. Proofread your work: I harp on this in post after post because I know how careless mistakes can spoil an otherwise good piece of writing. I¶ve made the sentences cleaner and more direct.) Simple writing minimizes ambiguity. how you think. Simple writing conveys your meaning but doesn¶t call attention to itself. Very few people can successfully pull off writing in disguise. opinions ± a whole world of information about you. So does phoniness. If you get the oven dirty when you bake your pie. Much is revealed by your written voice. Your writing shows what you think. Separate your clauses with commas so that the reader will take a mental breath in the right place. But if you are speaking in your own voice. (active voice) Or these two: y y The book was read by many people. You can check your writing for extraneous words by asking. 9. passive voice: Compare these two sentences: y y The cake was cut into tiny pieces by Alice. If you want your audience to trust you (usually.

I invite other writers to share some of the tips that help them create good work. It won¶t catch real words that are used inappropriately. Sometimes a mistake will slip through. I have no idea why! So don¶t automatically do what this sometimes helpful device demands. Proofread paragraphs out of order. Copy Writing. Writing Workshops .thing (a fact. When I was checking this post. look it up or ask someone you trust. Small Business. If you¶re not sure about some. ESL. a word. Business Writing. Writing Repair. and ³sees´ what you intended rather than what¶s really on the page. It doesn¶t really know what you want to say. or destroy your credibility. can reduce your grade on a paper or exam. English Text. employer or a customer. find and correct them. Published in: y y y y y y y y y y y Blogging Business Business Writing Communication Education English Language Small Business Work Writing Writing Workshops on June 21. Here¶s a crazy example. Copy. Marketing. Internet Marketing. ________________________________ I hope this provides some very basic ideas about good writing. the spelling/grammar checker selected the following sentence from Number 5 above: The more of them you have at your command. English Writing. You¶re the human. Education. Print Advertising. The checker wanted me to change the second your to you¶re. Those tricks may help you find mistakes you¶ll miss if you¶ve read the material so many times that your brain fills in the gaps. Work. Don¶t merely rely on your spell checker. It¶s not meant to be a complete list. Language. Proofread slowly and more than once. but do make a good effort to turn out error-free writing. Communication. 2007 at 9:03 pm Comments (125) Tags: Advertising. or backwards. English Learners. Website Copy. Brochures. and last time I looked. or the proper form of a sentence). the more expressive your writing will be. Website Content. Business. If you have a tendency to make typing mistakes. English. Public Relations. humans were still in charge. Blogging. Direct Mail Advertising. Don¶t rely too much on the grammar checker either.

2. ³Oh that¶s okay. If you¶ve got certain types of mistakes. Are you explaining something? Asking for information? Arguing about something? What do you hope to achieve with this letter? As soon as you¶ve identified your purpose. Mistakes are distracting. One little step is ³doable. Have you included irrelevant information that doesn¶t move you . holding an empty piece of paper. Nobody will report you for talking to yourself. repeat the request. What specific points of information are you going to include? 5. repeat the purpose of the letter. I like to break the task into smaller steps ± ³doable doses.´ So what are the steps? Let¶s talk about writing a business letter. If you¶ve asked for something at the beginning. So if you can¶t get started writing. and then make your case. Organize your points in logical order. don¶t be too lazy to fix it. Review your grammar. 4. and you want it to stand on a solid foundation. If you find a small typo. Get rid of the mistakes. for Heaven¶s sake. Think about whether the letter is too long. Nobody likes to go through six paragraphs in order to find out what you¶re talking about. ³I have to write this letter and I don¶t know how to begin. then you can give him new information. Identify the purpose in your own mind. You¶ll have to use your judgment as to how much background you need. you¶ll have your reader jumping back and forth trying to understand where you¶re going. you¶ve got the basis for writing it. You¶re building something when you write. the first thing we do is talk.´ Whenever I sit down to write with someone. and sentence structure.´ Yes They Will! 8. When you can explain something clearly to another person. that¶s okay. That helps the writer organize and focus on what he wants to say.When You Can¶t Get Started Writing I can¶t tell you how many times people have come to me. Never say. then thinking about the whole thing is too daunting. Know what you want to tell the reader. You want information to flow smoothly from one point to the next. Leave the reader with the most important idea that puts a cap on the whole thing. 7. Tell the reader right up front what you want. spelling. 3. Look for things you can cut without removing key elements. If you happen to be all alone. saying. Set the context. If writing doesn¶t come easily to you. 6. Before you close. you¶re not going to be taken seriously. If information comes in random order.´ as James Taylor calls them in one of his early songs. 1. Let the reader know the purpose. Before we begin. Once you¶ve told the reader what he¶s going to be reading about. get help. If you¶re not able to eliminate all the mistakes without help. Nobody wants to work that hard. Then you¶ll have something to come back to if you lose your focus. You want your reader to pay attention to what you¶ve said. they won¶t notice. write it down. perhaps you can start by talking. There are always certain facts or statements on which the rest of the letter is based.

Copy. So will practice. Public Relations. Before you proofread your letter for a final okay. it¶s easy to overlook errors you create when you cut and paste. A very good editor I know likes to read it backwards. Writing Repair. but it doesn¶t have to. The more you write. Have a drink of water. but be sure to keep the important parts in. Print Advertising. Internet Marketing. Business Writing. Writing. Education. It may be a few words. 2007 at 6:32 pm Comments (65) Tags: Advertising. Put it down. Reconfirm that you¶ve done the job. Communication. 9. Watch out for that nasty computer! If you are working on a computer. English. Published in: y y y y y y y y y Business Business Writing Communication English Language Small Business Work Writing Writing Workshops on June 19. Language. Direct Mail Advertising. the better you¶re going to become. Try to read the letter as though you were reading it for the first time. make sure that the part you keep still makes sense. You read it through. his brain is less likely to make assumptions about what it sees on the page. Small Business. It will help you achieve the desired result. I¶ve found some pretty embarrassing mistakes that way. or even an entire paragraph. 11. When you remove a few words. Business. ESL. sentence by sentence. All this may seem like it¶s going to take an awfully long time. Work. and that it¶s a correct sentence. Sometimes you can get so close to a piece you¶ve been working on that you can¶t even see it anymore. Blogging. Does it make sense? Is anything missing? Is it easy to understand? Have you made your point? Be critical. Brochures. Make sure you haven¶t unintentionally cut words you need. Make sure that subjects and verbs still agree. a whole sentence. Copy Writing. Marketing. Be ruthless. myself. Website Copy. Writing Workshops Bad Writing ± An Obstacle to Achieving Your Purpose . Come back and read it again. 10. English Learners. but your eyes skim over whole phrases because you¶ve read them too many times. Website Content. English Text. walk away. That way.closer to achieving the purpose? Take it out. Clarity of thought will speed the process to a great degree. English Writing.

and concentrated instead on ideals like ³self expression´ (without any regard to the . errors still obscure the message and detract from the company¶s image. As I have mentioned in earlier posts. and punctuation mistakes. and punctuation should be expected in the workplace. and are just not facile enough with phrasing and vocabulary to do their own ideas justice on paper. or document. Every piece of writing has a job to do. When employees have substandard writing skills. Errors of the first kind will damage your company¶s image and credibility. I always tell clients that even small mistakes draw the reader¶s attention away from the subject matter and focus it on the errors themselves. Grammatical. they are). no matter how earnestly they believe in what they are saying. Don¶t presume that good writing is important only in formal letters and documents. As long as the reader gets the drift. damaged relationships. that¶s good enough for them. That kind of thinking is dead wrong. inform. are simply not able to get all those qualities down on the page. Misunderstandings in business often lead to loss of sales. This is especially unfortunate when a company is proclaiming the superior quality of its products and/or services. Even if they are not severe enough to cause a misunderstanding about what is being said (and all too often. 2. spelling. However. and if they believe that mistakes ³don¶t count´ in e-mails. my purpose is to make their writing good. Errors do damage! Let¶s separate the concept of ³errors´ into two parts: 1. Whether the intention is to convince. argue. and worse. Some people. Flawed or confusing expression. but these mean nothing if the content itself doesn¶t express the writer¶s ideas accurately. their early schooling didn¶t demand adherence to high standards. My purpose is not to turn people into good writers. One of my reasons for starting this blog was to open some eyes. can create serious misunderstandings. and are rarely edited before they go out. Errors of the second kind will result in failure to effectively convey thoughts or information. there¶s a business purpose to be achieved. no matter how compelling or sophisticated their ideas may be. these communications can pose an internal (and possibly external) risk to the company if they are not checked first. Often they are using English as a second language. and how I help to conquer it.Some business owners don¶t recognize ± or care to acknowledge ± how their employees¶ writing influences the success of the business. these are often written in shorthand. High standards of grammar. and here¶s why: errors in writing are not benign things that readers gloss over and ignore. Sometimes. I am not a teacher. The incongruity is obvious. for native English speakers. So let¶s look at the reasons why bad writing is such an obstacle to achieving business goals. no matter how intelligent they are. spelling. and even lawsuits ± all with the potential to waste time and money. E-mails deserve the same care. I¶ve had people say to me that perfection in writing is not important enough to spend time (and money) on.

content) or ³self-esteem´ (without any regard to achievement). but also the fine points. Communication. Some try writing workshops. which I believe leaves many bright students without the necessary tools and discipline. Published in: y y y y y y y y y y y Advertising Business Business Writing Communication English Language Marketing Small Business Work Writing Writing Workshops on June 17. So what to do about good workers who have much to offer a company. 2007 at 4:06 pm Comments (8) Tags: Advertising. English. but I don¶t think they make enough difference. and that is certainly good. This kind of support solves the problem right away. ***** Could your business use my services? Visit my website at www. But language habits are deeply ingrained. Print Advertising. and it protects the company from the kind of damage and waste that writing errors can cause. ESL. English Learners. and a function of how we think. Business Writing. English Writing. and (3) catch their mistakes. Workshops can provide useful tips for improvement. I have my own issues with that kind of educational focus. Copy Direct Mail Advertising. Education. bad writing leads to bad results. Internet Marketing. (2) talk through their written expression of ideas to make sure the reader will really understand not only the basic intent. and one function of my business is to provide them with a resource to: (1) check their drafts. Public . Good writing« I¶ll be taking that up in my next post. but that is a subject for another post (and probably not suitable for this blog). The thing to remember is. So it¶s to the company¶s advantage to help employees do a better job. Language. Copy. Brochures.jlrco. or e-mail me at rose@jlrco. but just need some assistance with writing? My answer. poor writing will hamper a business in achieving its goals. for many people it¶s probably too late. Whatever the reasons. Past a certain point. Blogging. Marketing. It lets employees get as much help as they need. English Text.

I dream of becoming a news reporter. I hope they are interesting and helpful. Writing. Surely others who are students of English have similar questions. and should I learn the word while reading the paragraph itself? 4. Only you can decide how much time is available to study English. How do I improve the speed of reading. I won¶t be able to speak for a long time because I lack words. The important point is that you use that time well. should I learn the word¶s spelling first. 1. You asked some important questions. and nearly 240. somebody would find it and read what I wrote. somewhere. I had no idea what would happen. How can I improve that? I think all these are interrelated. or know the meaning first? 3. People all over the world are reading this blog. How should I communicate my thoughts to others? When I am speaking to somebody. English is a complex language with a huge vocabulary of words.Relations.. Website Copy. Small Business. Now. I just wanted to share ideas. . seven months. I am amazed. Work. here are some of the things we have discussed. right? Thank you. Writing Workshops Peek Into My Mailbox When I started this blog. or guess the word. I make lots of mistakes in writing and I skip the difficult words while reading. How much time does it take to master the language and what should I do? How much time should I spend every day? 2. and a little editing for clarity and privacy. and hoped that somehow. _______________ Hello K. 1. but the more words you know (and know how to use properly) the better you can express your ideas. and many have written to me with questions about how to improve their English writing. How much time does it take to master the language« One answer is that it takes a lifetime. Writing Repair. How should I practice remembering the words? I mean. from India writes: Hello. and I will try to answer. Thank you for writing to me. K. Nobody can learn them all. With the kind permission of my new pen pals. Website Content. I am from India and we are not native speakers of English. K.000 hits later.

You don¶t have to limit it to academic subjects. (By the way. and makes reading slow. Spelling it correctly. interrelated is a very good word. just decide that you will learn both meaning and spelling. It will make you more comfortable with English. I encourage you to read as much English text as you can. Once that starts to happen. If you keep doing this. You will be learning while you enjoy. you are not reading what the writer wrote. Don¶t worry about speed. but I believe it is necessary. 3. Why try to separate them? When you learn a new word.) When you write. How to improve the speed of reading« I think what you are really asking is whether you should stop reading in order to look up the words that you don¶t know. So I would say it makes sense to first learn the meaning of a word and how to use it. Judy Rose M. The most important thing is to understand. I have been reading extensively but my writing doesn¶t seem to improve at all. It takes time. you will be more fluent. and then using it incorrectly. It just takes time and practice. In order to use it in your writing. won¶t make your English better. look up each one (maybe write them all down) and then go back and read the paragraph using what you have learned.2. How should I communicate my thoughts to others« I think it¶s true for every person who is learning a new language that when you try to speak. and that will also make you a better writer. You may wish to scan a paragraph. If you do that. you often can¶t find the right word. 4. I would say YES. you are creating your own fiction using parts of what the writer wrote. both tasks go together. Best regards. the speed of your reading will increase automatically. pick out all the words you don¶t know. you can take the time to think and to look up words in the dictionary. you need to learn how to spell it. How should I practice remembering the words« It doesn¶t seem useful to learn how to spell a word if you don¶t know what it means. That¶s not the most important thing. from Singapore writes: Dear Judy I am a desperate student struggling with English writing. Can you help me? . you have to start eventually to ³think´ in English. How can you hope to get the meaning from a piece of writing if you don¶t know what some of the words mean? You will only be guessing at the meaning. watching those will also increase your familiarity with English. and you used it perfectly. But when you speak. For me. You are correct that the answer is interrelated with the other things I told you. If you have access to English language movies and television programs. I stumbled across your website and I found some very useful information on how to improve English writing. It¶s good practice to read for entertainment also.

Your question is so general that I can¶t help you solve your problem directly. and write more. Best regards. That. It is a discipline like any other. Good luck to you. judging from your e-mail. There are many books that offer information on writing style. you probably have access to a good library and resources that can help you. M. and write. I admire your desire to improve. and requires the same careful thought and practice as any other skill. As a student. You already have a good start. I will ask the obvious question. _______________ Dear M. Judy Rose _______________ Dear Judy The pointers you gave are extremely helpful! Thank you! I will stay tuned to your blog! All the best! Best wishes. Have you taken any courses in English composition? Such courses should provide you with lots of practice and feedback from the teacher.Thank you and I look forward to your prompt reply. The best path to excellence is to write.. Ask your professors. coupled with guidance from a capable teacher who can review your work and discuss it with you. They should be able to direct you to the good ones. Best wishes M. . There is no secret to good writing. But all this reading can only take you part of the way.. should help you to improve. _______________ Dear M.

I will be more than glad! I am a Singaporean and Chinese is my first language. We diagrammed sentences to identify all the parts of speech.based. What is it about your writing that you are so dissatisfied with? I¶d like to know a little more about you. We had grammar textbooks. I am a native Chinese speaker: my parents speak Chinese. We learned the definitions of words and how to use them in sentences. I couldn¶t speak English (let alone say write). Best wishes M. When I was a student. _______________ Dear M. I think there are two separate parts to learning to be a good English writer. Regards. I could make some minor grammatical corrections. First you need to master the foundations of the language (grammar and vocabulary) and then you need to develop style. We also had regular vocabulary lessons. your writing is so fluent I can¶t imagine why you first described yourself as desperate and struggling. Science and math are taught in English.You know. I have been reading extensively 3 years back and it¶s only now my English is beginning to improve slightly. i. but in the overall. When I was first enrolled in a primary school.e. Judy Rose _______________ Dear Judy. but it was so long ago that I have no recollection of titles or authors. we also have subjects like English Literature and Economics. if you don¶t mind telling me.. Here comes the twist: In Singapore. my English really suffered. the national language. What really brings me down is the inability to come out with complex sentence structure and the unawareness of grammatical errors made in writing. we had grammar lessons every day. and learned the proper structure of writing. Absolutely. (I¶m talking about a REALLY long time ago!) But I think I have something that may interest . your writing is so much better than the samples I usually see when people write to me. English is the de facto language. the education in Singapore is also English. And by the same token. All I am told is to read more to improve my English.

It covers topics like word order. gender. the rules should be observed. read for style. writers often abandon the rules of grammar to create authenticity in a scene. Improvement takes time. If you have available time. I am very interested in your website. We have so many words that we can convey even the subtlest shade of meaning or mood by selecting the perfect word. Among the items on this page. in fiction. I am µH¶ from Vietnam. The advantage of doing this is that you¶ll get feedback from the Just recognize that for any sort of formal writing. Don¶t just read for content. my English is not from Vietnam writes: Hi Judy Rose. Finally. and especially your dictionary. and more. the more you get a feel for different ways of expressing ideas. So I think you¶ll like this page too. Of course. The more you read good authors. People don¶t always speak in complete sentences. I think there¶s little danger of getting into bad habits from reading good fiction. and much of fiction is dialogue. But if you have been studying grammar. please chat or send me email so that I can improve my English writing skill. use of articles. You won¶t be completely on your own to figure out whether your grammar is correct or not. the on-line encyclopedia. That¶s one of the great advantages of the English language. But it seems it is not effective. in a previous e-mail I recommended that you take a course in English composition. to study the differences between meanings of words that may seem to be totally synonymous. Best regards. Think about word selection.wikipedia. As for style. tense. Michael selected the following pages because they are very orderly presentations of grammar lessons and information.wikipedia. But I have no doubt that you will eventually become a confident and capable writer. you¶ll find a listing of grammatical terms with links to more detailed explanations. Take notice of how the writer chose to phrase his or her thought. . Writing is a skill that has to be practiced like any other. This is the first place I would send you: http://en. but actually create different pictures or reactions in the reader¶s mind. so I write and read a lot to understand and improve all English skill. that¶s where the reading comes in. Then have fun searching around this page: http://en. voice. and use your thesaurus. Please give me more ideas or the method that will help me grow. thanks to my husband (Michael) who found the following references while I was still drinking my coffee this morning. and whether your style is developing. You may already be familiar with Wikipedia. These are typically things that cause difficulty for ESL speakers/writers. Judy

explained to me that he is not a student. H. Practice speaking English together. conversation. Make a list. 3. and writing courses. but I have a feeling it is more effective than you realize. the meaning will be more clear to you. and just speak English during your meetings. I assume you mean both written and spoken English. Sincerely. and then look them all up before you read the paragraph. Of course. It doesn¶t have to be limited to text books. If you are in school. Or you can look words up together and help each other. If you can¶t think of a word. When you don¶t know the meanings of words. you are going to improve if you do the things I mentioned. You asked how to improve your English. But I think you are asking for things you can do independently that will make you more fluent. take more English grammar. Most of our most popular shows can be seen on-line.. So here are some suggestions: 1. perhaps you can form a club for English speaking. He graduated from the university about three years ago and has already begun his career. You said that the work you are doing is not effective. take time to look them up. All this is hard work (although it may be fun) and it takes time. Dear H. Any kind of reading is good. the obvious answer is that if you are in school. 2. 5. But one way is to quickly scan a paragraph and identify all the words you do not know. Since he is no longer in school. Find other people who also want to learn English. it is necessary. Since the purpose of reading is to gain understanding. When you read the paragraph again. maybe one of your friends will know. If there is not much choice in Vietnam. I¶m sure you can find many entertaining books that will keep you interested. I know it makes the reading slow. perhaps you can watch American TV shows over the internet. but that is the only way you will understand what was written. 4. even though it is hard work for you. H. I suggested some things he can do on his own. Best regards. Be patient.. Listen to English language movies and television programs as much as possible. Promise not to use your native language. Judy Rose After this e-mail.Thanks so much and appreciate when I receive your email. Read as much as you can in English. Over time. _______________ Dear H. .

For each word. Have a nice weekend. you are going to find many more than 5 new words per day. I will self-study 5 new words day after day. It just takes time. Judy _______________ Hi Judy. Writing this blog is my way of reaching out to people I¶ve never met. look up the definition. the on-line dictionaries are very good. Second thing. I hope you find something of value here. 2. Published in: . then it will become part of your vocabulary. Every day.You mentioned that your vocabulary is not good. Here¶s my idea for you: 1. Third. But vocabulary is an easy thing to improve. read and write more.) 5. I am grateful when my readers reach back in my direction. Start a notebook for vocabulary words. and may increase your understanding. So limit yourself to 5 new words maximum each day. The point is to keep building. H. When I was in school. look back over the words you learned yesterday. They recognize the importance of knowing English in today¶s world. Yours truly. But it is too much to learn them all every day. and are determined to do whatever it takes to master it. your vocabulary will grow. (This part is very important. Even just three words will still be good. When you find a new word. 4. That¶s great. It will give you similar words. with your emails I am learning lots of ways to improve my English skill. write three different sentences using the word. I want to say thanks for your reply. Use the Thesaurus also. I will learn. Write each new word into the book along with its definition. At your stage of learning. The best way to learn them is to practice using each new word. If you do this. People like these writers really impress and inspire me. First. (If you don¶t have a paper dictionary. my teacher said it is good to learn 5 new words every day. Best regards. Promise you I can do it.) 3. If you can write three different sentences using a word. Review them so that they stay in your mind.

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