Every writer will tell you how much they enjoy writing, and this is true. The difficult part of writing is promoting and selling your wares. Meeting deadlines, staying on top of a story, writing what the ever-changing public wants to read and meeting the goals of others. Other than that, writing is a snap!
Also, attached to a writing career is diligence, organization, process, method, and fortitude. Writing is more than sitting in a chair with a laptop, or sitting in a Starbucks sipping a Café Mocha Latte. It is working and writing when you’re tired. It is endless research, writing with grammatical elegance, using your best literary skills and syncing your style with the tone and value expected by every reader.
Ability to write well equates to being flexible in tone while moving from one subject to another in a matter of minutes, capturing the flow of content, and producing error-free results.
Most recently I have given up reading a couple of local papers due to the grammatical errors in news articles, and more importantly, spelling. Where were some of these journalists educated? Recently, my attention was drawn to poor writing skills when reading a piece written by a co-writer. As I read this blog, I discovered several misspellings in the material written. I brought this to the friend's attention and he laughed it off and said, “I’m a pretty good speller, it will be fine.” NO, no, no it won’t, I replied. I hate to read incomplete sentences with misspellings in an article or story. I refuse to punish myself by spending time rereading an article trying to make sense of an incomplete sentence. The reader may not write in clear grammatical sentences, but knows when something read is incorrect.
If you are a writer then take pride in your work by ensuring your material is error-free before you release it to the public. If you catch an error after publication – correct it as soon as possible before you lose your readership.
What’s at stake when releasing material with incorrect grammar with unclear antecedents, misspelled words, missing punctuation – not much, just your reputation as a writer, paid jobs, followers, and you are labeled a poor writer. If you are selling your books and other publications – will the public buy your publications?