Today’s post is courtesy of Nancy Davis.
There are many great writers out there that I am simply not a fan of for whatever reason. Sometimes it can be a style issue, or there could be something missing emotionally for me.
I tend to not like pieces that are cold and emotionless. That is my choice. I prefer to read writers who write with some emotion. That is entirely subjective. One person’s cold and heartless is another one’s cool and collected.
The one thing I will not tolerate in any writer is laziness. I won’t read a blogger or a writer who uses poor grammar. If you misspell common words, I will stop reading your post and not go back to it again. Ever.
Call me elitist if you want, but know this – you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Do you really want your audience to realize halfway through your post that you have nothing to say?
I don’t want to be that writer. I work hard to never be that writer. Period.
I work for an Internet marketing company as a writer and editor. I see a lot of articles that need a ton of work. The biggest problem is not lack of ability. The issue is laziness and relying on the same words over and over in a 500 word article.
My biggest beef with lazy writers is how they love to start sentences with words like “Basically, However, Moreover, or In other words…” This is the height of laziness. There are online dictionaries and thesauruses. There is no reason that I can think of to begin a sentence this way, other than pure laziness.
So, if laziness is the problem, is there a cure?
The only cure I know of is to write with intent. To know what you want to say, and how it needs to be said. It can be heartwarming. It can be strong. It can even be cool and analytical. The point is, good writing always has a point and is never lazy. Good writing leaves the reader wanting more. Great writing can take us places in our minds or hearts that we may be scared to go.
We will never get there if we get lazy.
In other words, at the end of the day, therefore, I shall conclude my thoughts by leaving you with this gem – Writing is art. What we do with our words is up to us. We can use them to start wars or to bring peace. We can create alternate universes no man or woman has ever dreamed. Words are powerful. Use them wisely.
Nancy Davis is a superhero. She works as a writer and editor for Melen and is the mother of a wonderful, little boy (The “little” perhaps is debated by him.). She posts regularly at her self-titled blog and is working on a book.