Are Strong Spelling and Grammar Skills a Writing Requirement?

Are Strong Spelling and Grammar Skills a Writing Requirement?

Are Strong Spelling and Grammar Skills a Writing Requirement? Do you really have to be an expert at grammar to be a writer? Is that really a writing requirement? Are you holding yourself back from writing because you are terrible at spelling and grammar? From my experience, you may not be as bad at spelling and grammar as you think you are. Maybe you are. But should that stop you? Absolutely not. These are skills that can be learned. Storytelling is a learned skill, too. You can improve your spelling ability and you can learn grammar rules and when to break them--you really need to learn the rules so you can decide which ones you want to break; otherwise you just look like an idiot without justification. Will it take time to learn these skills? Definitely. Just like anything worthwhile, it takes time to learn, study, and practice so you can do write well. If you are not good at spelling and grammar, before you send...
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Six Questions to Consider When Writing a Blog Post

Six Questions to Consider When Writing a Blog Post

Six Questions to Consider When Writing a Blog Post When figuring out what to write about for your next blog post, it helps if you have an editorial calendar. In an earlier post, I wrote about the Marketing Campaign Checklist and started the series on the written documents entrepreneurs need when releasing a new product. While there was some flexibility, I committed to writing on those topics. This gave me the opportunity to write with a specific need in mind and it worked well. I had a mission to complete and the words flowed. This time, with my series on blogging, I left the schedule open, and while I can write about anything I want, the writing has not flowed as easily. Having a schedule helped me to stay focused on a specific topic. It gave me direction every week. When figuring out your editorial calendar, think of a series of posts you could share, and then write a "checklist" post so...
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4 Great Reasons to Hire a Professional Editor

4 Great Reasons to Hire a Professional Editor

4 Great Reasons to Hire a Professional Editor Hiring a professional editor can mean a lot for your business, especially when your customers or readers have never heard of you before. When they tour your website or read your books, they are forming opinions about you and your work. Do you take your work seriously? Do you handle issues well? Do you work hard to exceed expectations? Will you handle their particular situations with care? Do you take pride in your work? How do you respond to upset customers? Many assumptions are based on what people see. Even if they haven't met you face-to-face, they will form opinions about you. Do  they like you or is there something about you that turns them off? So, what can hiring a professional editor mean for you? A good editor can… 1. Improve the clarity of your message. 2. Improve the word flow of the writing. 3. Catch any lingering typos or grammatical errors. 4. Help you improve your own writing skills. But What's In...
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