HOW TO AVOID BASIC MISTAKES IN YOUR CONTENT

HOW TO AVOID BASIC MISTAKES IN YOUR CONTENT

Writing flawless, lucid content is a no-brainer. Or, is it? The communication avenues that the digital age has created has led to an insatiable demand for content, than ever before. It also means that content needs to be written for the moment in many cases, and often, in fewer words to convey a broad scope of things. The digital age also means that business communication is heavily reliant on emails on formal occasions, and everybody- whether or not a writer- has to write something everyday.

So, this question looms large in every form of writing- is writing flawlessly doable?

You can produce flawless content every time if you take care to do a few things while you are at it. Here are a few tips that can help you get it right:

Never Skip Proofreading

No matter how experienced a writer you are, your content must go through a round of checking to see if the basic rules have been followed. Proofreading is essential because rudimentary mistakes such as grammar slips or improper punctuation can take away the charm of a good piece of writing. Proofreading is vital to clean your copy because a few errors might have crept into your writing while you were preoccupied with ways to best express yourself in writing.

Use Online Tools to Check Grammar and Punctuation

There are a number of tools that can help you generate good quality content by suggesting corrections. Use tools such as Grammarly,  Sentencechecker, Reverso English spellchecker. My Writing or any app that work on your document simultaneously, as your write. There are also specialized tools for emails, academic documents and the like. Choose a checker that suits your requirements.

Get a Second Person to Review your Content

This will not only help you get a second opinion on your work but getting another person to read your article will also help catch errors that you might have missed during proofreading. If you cannot readily find someone to do it for you, try hiring an editor to help you with the corrections.

Read Aloud

Many editors opine that reading your document aloud helps you identify unusually long lines and correct phrases that do not sound conversational. Also, some editors suggest that reading your sentences backward can help pick up mistakes because your brain becomes more analytical in the process. Another trick is to change the font and size of the text when you sit down to edit so that you get a fresh view of the work.

Have an Editing Checklist

Prepare yourself mentally with a checklist of things you want to look into while you edit. For example, basic rules such as subject-verb coordination, punctuation rules, and spellings must be checked. While checking grammar, also pay attention to maintaining consistency of tense throughout.

Content is at the heart of today's marketing strategies and all or most of the above steps will help you ensure that you create high quality, clean content.

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