I’m pleased at the attention the online world is giving to developing good writing skills and helping people overcome their hesitation about writing–even if they never overcome their actual dislike.
As I said before, writing is one of your top business skills but writing is damn hard. As Shannon Johnson says in this excellent post, How to Stop Hating Writing (and Actually Get Kinda Good):
Writing well doesn’t come easy for most. It doesn’t even come easy for Corey Eridon, the Senior Editor of [the Hubspot] blog — and she’s written hundreds of articles on this thing! According to Corey, “There are a million reasons we marketers find it hard to write: It’s not our job. We just don’t like it. We haven’t done it in forever. We’re better with numbers. The list goes on, but all these reasons are BS.”
Yes, complaining is a waste of time. As the site Daily Writing Tips says,
Writing skills are essential to your success. The rise of the information age – with the proliferation of e-mails, blogs and social networks – makes the ability to write clear, correct English more important than ever.
Even if you never write a presentation, report, grant application, or newsletter article–which is highly unlikely–you must at least know how to communicate well in short-form communications. You can’t afford to have your ideas discounted just because of poor sentence construction or organization.
My newest find is this e-book from Hubspot, The Marketer’s Pocket Guide to Writing Well. It’s beautifully formatted, full of good advice and great quotes, and easy to read. I also recommend the following:
Grammarly calls itself “an automated proofreader and your personal grammar coach.” It’s also the source of some of the most popular memes that appear on both my personal and business Facebook pages. And who ever thought grammar could be fun?
Dailywritingtips.com is full of grammar, punctuation, spelling, and vocabulary tips, which you can receive via email every day. It also maintains a huge collection of articles about business writing, fiction, and other topics.
Writing prompts: A writing prompt is an idea you can use to kickstart a writing project. You might remember them from creative writing exercises in English class. They are especially helpful for blogs, newsletter articles, and Facebook posts. You can find them all over the Internet but if you write for the nonprofit sector, subscribe to emails from Kivi Leroux Miller. Each month she sends out a handy list of writing prompts to help you engage or entertain donors.