Content Writing Creation Requires Concise Writing
If your content writing isn’t concise, or clear you will lose your audience. Believe it or not, your audience will notice grammatical errors. And, will get turned-off from specific word usage. This article will offer you an easy way to tackle grammar and vocabulary during the revising stages of your content writing.
I know. I know. I know. The “G” word brings much discomfort to MANY people. One of the many areas where writers demonstrate weakness in is grammar.
Grammar is essential to all content areas in business. Traditionally, grammar was an on-going subject for content writing for baby boomers.
Now, with many changes, content writing coupled with grammar is no longer “directly talked about” –almost anywhere.
This means there is a serious shift in the market for “grammatical” language. Sure. You may notice it lightly mentioned in writing groups either online or in your communities. But, for the most part, content writing and grammar are kind of like the hookey spooky.
Content Writing Made Easy Today With Grammar Tools
Research shows how company’s spend millions of dollars on writing for their employees and the sake of marketing.
Today, there are many ways to get the gist of grammatical errors in your content writings. I want to point out three main areas that will help you. I will also give you a few resources to use for your writing.
I notice that most frustrated writers are weak in the areas of pronouns, subject-verb agreement, and comma usage.
What did she just say? What is that?
Mistakes are constant in these areas because either too much time or no time is given to re-read the sentences correctly.
Here’s the thing. Your brain already triggers when a sentence is not grammatically correct or if a word is misspelled.
This is no secret and not the issue for you. The problem lies in not knowing how to apply it to your writings.
A pronoun functions by itself as a noun. The familiar pronouns you know and need mostly for your writings are “I, You, He, She, It, We, They.” Using them correctly in a sentence looks as follows:
I enjoy writing.
You enjoy writing
John knows Rebecca (she) is going to the store.
Place your writing sample in the box (it).
Do the children (they) know how to write?
I think you see the picture here.
Subject/Verb agreement is when the subject and verb agree as singular and plural. The subject is in bold and verb uses italics.
Xena always growls at men.
I don’t understand writing.
These shoes are too small for me.
Alisha doesn’t like snakes.
The comma is a punctuation mark that explains a pause in a sentence or separates items in a list.
Separates items in a list: apples, bananas, and oranges
A pause in a sentence: saw him moving, pushed his plate aside, and cried about it
Unless you’re totally “in love” with grammar, these three rules are the main ingredients of your writing.
And, the more familiar you intentionally become with them with practice, you’ll get stronger.
Here are a few reliable resources that can help you while writing.
Please note: These are only suggestions. By no means am I telling you they are “perfect.” There are times when I’m editing a piece of work; I use them with caution. The objective is not to allow your voice, tone or style to get lost in ALL of its corrections. And, sometimes the corrections aren’t always accurate, especially depending on the context of your clause.
Grammarly – This program works on Mac or PC. They offer a free version that’s limited. It checks your grammar while typing. It also shows your errors, corrects them and gives feedback with a scoring grade.
It can be of great help to you. The more you use this program, you’ll get a better handle on grammar. Here’s my affiliate link: https://grammarly.go2cloud.org/SH10R
Grammar Check – Works on Mac or PC. Type your text in any word processor. Copy and paste your content into its form.
As always, you should double-check your work before using it. The link to this one is: https://www.grammarcheck.net
Plagiarisma – Works on Mac or PC. Type your text in any word processor. Copy and paste your content into its form. Check your work before using it. The link is: https://www.plagiarisma.net
These programs work well in any area. They are good for writing papers, emails, copy, web content, biographies, non-fiction books, etc.
You may already know of or use one of these programs. If so, great!
Content Writing & Vocabulary in Context
Vocabulary is essential to any content writing and speaking. Vocabulary takes on 3-tiers: everyday words, academic/content words, and challenging words.
Writers often use a specific dictionary to understand the contextual definition of a word being used relating to a particular subject.
This gives both writers and readers the opportunity to expand their vocabulary in a specific context without realization. The expansion of the individual’s vocabulary occurs when the knowledge of a word becomes familiar.
The key objective of expanding vocabulary and using it is to read content directly related to your market, niche, and audience.
However, don’t ever neglect reading information and books from other markets.
People should read daily. No matter the reading level–reading is potent grounding for vocabulary. If a person hates reading, it’s usually because he or she struggles significantly in this area.
I recommend you start with subjects and or activities that are of interest to your market; naturally, this requires research and understanding their likes and dislikes.
Content Writers MUST Read
Reading and research build on your prior knowledge. It also gives you more to write about on any topic. One strategy most writers use is note-taking.
To know how to take notes helps with listening, writing and comprehension skills. It reinforces the material and brings a synthesis–a better connection between the text and self.
Business owners need to read daily as well. Many articles from www.oz.com talks about Warren Buffett who tells entrepreneurs that the key to success is to read 500 pages per day. Bill Gates reads about 50 books per year.
I was once a struggling reader who lacked comprehension, strong vocabulary and synthesis skills. I now work with business owners, writers, and authors who mirror my past experiences.
I can see the glass half full in new ways. Scholars Fryer and Fisher contend that struggling readers, “possess inadequate organizational skills to store and retrieve information.”
But this does not address the root or heart of the matter. These are people who struggle in many ways because they cannot “connect” with the material. I’ve learned that memorization doesn’t mean synthesis, understanding or mastery.
It’s just a form of “regurgitating.”
Finally, the more you read, you’ll build not only a high vocabulary in the context of an area, but also develop a vocabulary that centers around the vernacular, or language of your audience, readers, customers, followers, and clients.
Thus, any vocabulary in context ultimately improves your daily content writing practice.
Read! Read! Read! Write! Write! Write!