Whether you're writing an article, blog post or news release, it's crucial to ensure your work is written in an authoritative yet approachable style. Making certain that your writing is free of typographical errors, misspellings and grammar blunders will improve content clarity and improve readability. That means more than skimming and running spell check to catch typos and obvious errors. Look over your work closely to avoid errors like run-on sentences, comma splices and subject-verb agreement, as well as to ensure your work has proper flow and tone.
Mistakes are bound to happen occasionally, but paying close attention, keeping your eyes out for common problems and giving your work multiple reads can keep errors to a minimum. Take a look at some common problem areas for which diligence can pay off.
Many errors don't get flagged by spell check because they're not misspellings (for example, "from" instead of "form"). If you find you're missing too many of these, you may be relying too heavily on spell check, which doesn't catch everything. You should still read your work carefully.
If you have generic words like "things" in your writing, think about how other, more specific words could be used to more accurately describe the elements you want to convey.
The names of businesses and organizations are singular words and phrases. They should not be used with plural pronouns (they, their). While it may sometimes be awkward to refer to a company as "it," you can easily rephrase to avoid using the pronoun at all.
While "more" can refer to both number and volume, "less" refers only to volume and "fewer" refers only to number. Therefore, the quick lane at the supermarket should be labeled "10 Items or fewer," not "10 Items or less."
Tips for ensuring quality work
Read other writers
One of the most important ways for writers to hone their skills is to read the works of other writers. Reading should be part of your daily routine, whether you read materials that are informative, entertaining or dramatic. The benefits can be tremendous.