Friday, February 11, 2011

Business Writing: The Dangers of Rushed Writing

pitfalls of rushed writingIf you don’t enjoy writing, you might run the risk of rushed writing. Or, maybe you are already a writer, and because of such, you tend to write quickly, without much thought. Be cautious! Writing too fast, minus forethought or final consideration, can be harmful to your business.

5 Ways to avoid the pitfalls of rushed writing

If either of these scenarios describe you, then you probably aren’t too excited to hear that this poses potential risk to your business. However, if you are serious about building a solid business that is backed with a stellar reputation, you need to consider the severity of this common problem.

There is a simple way to overcome rushed writing. It requires diligence and effort on your part, but once you learn the process, it becomes second-hat to you. Here are the five steps to follow when you write:

  1. Plan ahead. It isn’t enough to sit down and write an article or blog post. Spending time planning ahead will save you time and energy later on.
    TIP: Keep a running list of article ideas/topics.
  2. Think it through. Give more than just a passing thought to your ideas. Before you start the actual writing process, think about whether your idea is meaty enough to produce a worthy piece of content.
    TIP: Draft an outline of your article idea.

  3. Go deeper. So, now you think you have a great idea and enough of an outline to write a pretty decent article. Dig a little deeper. Drill down into each sub-topic until you have even more information to share.
    TIP: Add more detail with an interview or statistics.

  4. Let it rest. When you finish drafting your article, give it some time to simmer on the back burner. When you return to it, you might discover you inadvertently left out an important statement, or there may be more you want to add to it.
    TIP: If you’ve written a major piece of content, like an e-book, let it rest for up to 2 weeks.

  5. Edit, revise, re-write. Now that you’ve spent some time away from your work, read through it and give it a good edit. Revising your work helps ensure you’ll catch simple errors, like grammar and spelling.
    TIP: Read your sentences backwards to prevent you from mentally “auto correcting” your work.

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