In my work as a writer, business writing instructor, and writing coach, I’ve gained some insight into how on-the-job writers approach their writing.
I’ve created this list of the top five mistakes writers make because each one slows down the writing process. Avoiding these business writing mistakes can make you a better writer:
1. Starting too soon.
(Writer gets started writing and then has to stop to find more information, do more research, make a call to someone else, etc.)
2. Forgetting the reader.
(Writer doesn’t consider what the reader knows about the topic or what the reader wants and needs to know.)
3. Hiding the action.
(Writer doesn’t make it clear what action is tied to the message.)
4. Writing too much.
(Writer adds too much background and detail or writes and then needs to clarify what’s been written.)
5. Working on everything at once.
(Writer writes, thinks, problem solves, types, re-reads writing, checks spelling, corrects punctuation, revises writing–all at the same time.)
What writerly mistakes can you add to list?