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I have two problems with the “Content!” mantra. First, it overlooks the obvious need to think about audience segmentation. Second, stylistic proficiency among many Web writers is, unfortunately, low enough to present a real barrier to content socialization.
As an editor, I come across a lot of freelancer work product. Much of it is good. Some of it is atrocious. Very little is pristine. Over the years, I’ve collected some notes on the most common word-usage problems I’ve seen.
Editing is, by definition, subjective.
You cannot be an effective writer unless you spend ample time studying the great writers.
“Because of” and “due to” are different parts of speech, so following basic syntactical rules will help you confusing the two in your writing.
Avoid these common writing errors to strengthen your message.
Using choice words leads to stronger prose and decreased ambiguity. If you catch yourself using enumerations or descriptions instead of a single, on-point term, make a point to look for excessive wordiness in your prose and edit ruthlessly.
Fiction writing and non-fiction writing are radically different beasts, and competence in one doesn’t necessarily translate to competence in the other. For starters, you actually need to prep a novel instead of just assuming that you can sit down and let a coherent narrative spin from your fingers like Bach from Glenn Gould’s keyboard.
Many frequent abuses of English usage and syntax won’t register with most readers but will sound like fingernails-upon-chalkboard to educated editors. Avoid these five common problems to reduce your risk of sounding like a third-rate hack.