Whether an assignment for school or an email for work, the ability to write well will pay off. Here are some basic writing tips to get you started:
- Read what you write out loud. If you can’t speak it naturally, rewrite it.
- Shorter is better. Never use a long word when a short one will do. For example, don’t write “utilize” if “use” works just as well.
- Get to the point by stating the important facts up front.
- Spellcheck is your friend, but beware of details it may miss, like confusing “affect” versus “effect.” For the record, “affect” is a verb meaning “to influence.” “Effect” is a noun that means “result.”
- Read people who write well. You’ll begin to adopt their good habits.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Have someone you trust read over your work.