Partly due to the rise of the internet and social media, both established and newbie writers tend to miss out on these essentials. Every now and then, we commit these writing errors or we find ourselves in the following dilemma for one reason or another.
I may be preaching to the choir, but I am also writing this to remind myself of these significant insights.
1. Publishing without proofreading.
Whether publishing on our blogs or printed materials, even with books, we risk our competency and marketability when we neglect correcting our grammar slips, word choice, verb tense, and punctuation marks.
We battle against urgency vs. quality in this day and age because we often want instant gratification or instant feedback from readers; so we tend to publish our work right away.
It’s always advisable to have someone look at your final draft to see potential typographical errors; or leave your writing for a couple of hours, better yet, sleep on it so you could come back to it with fresh eyes to see it objectively, and correct your own mistakes.
2. Writing without thinking through it thoroughly.
When we sacrifice quality over expediency, our work and credibility suffer.
This also often happens when we’re rushing through a project for the sake of a deadline. There are instances when our supposedly masterful written pieces lack reason or emotion, and the words just don’t come out right or don’t work well together.
Producing quality writing requires sufficient time and careful attention.
3. Stating facts or numbers without naming needed sources.
It is but imperative for writers to do our due diligence by doing our research on materials that we’re covering on, and it is but proper to name or link to our sources when we write about them on our blogs. This is especially true for non-fiction or technical writing.
Let’s give proper credit where credit is due. Doing this also means that you’re not just making up figures or ideologies without proof out of nowhere.
4. Writing for others or for yourself.
Depending on the kind of writing that you do, you could be writing for yourself only or for others. A journal entry is obviously for your eyes only, but if your blog’s theme is personal, you may also choose to publish it there. If you’re writing for business, then you’re specially writing to serve your readers.
You must know when and where (which platform) you should be writing for yourself or for others because either your personal life or your career could be at stake depending on the kind of content that you produce for public viewing. Either way, you must be passionate with what you write because you cannot produce an excellent piece if you don’t give your all to your work.
5. Anonymity vs. Popularity
Some writers choose the path of being anonymous in their field, while others struggle whether they want their work to be read publicly or keep them privately. This is why writers must know their personal goals early on so that they could build their work around certain objectives and timeline.
You cannot just continue writing aimlessly. You must know your reasons for writing. You must have a sense of direction in order for you to work thoughtfully and live meaningfully.
6. Money or Integrity
Now, here is where you should really know and live by your principle. This is your choice as a writer. You could actually still be writing with integrity and at the same time, earn money handsomely. But it is also always tempting to give in and write for false advertising, to twist the truth, and manufacture details that are not true or bias, which in turn could actually hurt your credibility. This is also partly the reason why some writers choose to write anonymously.
7. Quantity or Quality
Don’t let your work be just a mere cornucopia of meaningless, lifeless combination of words. Let your work be a reflection of who you are. Don’t just write for the sake of publishing something because you want to be known.
Producing quality written work marries quantity and quality over time. You have to strike a balance between these two deliverables, and this is not something that happens overnight.
Pursuing quantity and quality is something you learn and commit to as you mature in your writing career.
Being a credible and principled writer requires a lot of time, study, commitment, and passion.
Writers are change catalysts and history-makers.
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