Nine writing tips

Posted by on Jul 18, 2013

writing

You may not be a blogger or a journalism student but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t know how to write.

One day you’re going to have to apply for a job, an internship or graduate school. What do you think recruiters are going to expect with your application? A cover letter or paper explaining why you deserve an open position.

This means you have to be able to write excellent. Below is a list of writing tips.

1. Proofread

Read your writing out loud before hitting send/submit. A former editor taught me this and really helps.

2. Know your audience.

Research the people who will be reading your paper. Learn about the things they like and how you should write so they enjoy it and remember it.

3. Don’t end sentences with prepositions.

Prepositions are words such as with, in or after. This is just proper English.

4. Don’t overuse words.

If you feel as though you are overusing a certain word, go to “Find” in Microsoft Word and search it. If you used it too much then go to thesaurus.com and find a word with the same meaning to replace it with.

5. Don’t begin sentences back to back with the same word.

This is self-explanatory. It just doesn’t sound good.

6. Know your homophones.

Homophones are words that are pronounced the same but have different meanings such as “your” and “you’re.”

7. Ask someone to proofread it.

Even if it’s just an email for an internship, ask your professor to look it over. I have done this, and guess what?! I landed the internship.

8. Less is more.

The more you can say in less words the better your writing.

9. Don’t use clichés.

No one likes clichés. Leave them out of your writing to show your originality.

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