Dashing off quick emails, tweets, or instant messages with incorrect style, grammar, or mechanics can hurt one's ability to write more formal messages correctly because habits are difficult to break.
Due to prolific texting, on more than one occasion, I became aware that I was writing acronyms like, "BTW" or "LOL," in a professional e-mail. I had to delete and rewrite because it looked juvenile, uneducated, and unprofessional. It became a habit.
Although, if you are using those acronyms to make a point in your content, or because you are specifically writing creatively, or using humor, then those may fit the piece.
Style, grammar, or mechanics make a significant difference in business writing. Poor writing can make you look less intelligent than you really are.
One of my business professors, Stephen Story, summed it up perfectly when he said, "Everyday you're interviewing for your next job."
As a part-time online writer, I use many social networking sites with which to advertise my articles. My dream is to write full time. If I tweet my articles in an incorrect style, with acronyms, or with a deceiving headline, it may cause me to lose credibility, money, and opportunities.
How do I know one of the viewers of my tweets is not a headhunter from a prominent media outlet looking for a new writer?
In the textbook, "Business Communication," by Guffey and Loewy it says, "Tweeting, texting, and quickie e-mailing all may foster sloppy messages."
"Good writers are those who keep the language efficient. That is to say, keep it accurate, keep it clear." Ezra Pound
Author Mark Garvey argues, "In business, in education, in the arts, in any writing that takes place outside the linguistic cul-de-sac of our close friends and relatives, writers are expected to reach certain standards of clarity, concision, and care."
Tips to write better:
TIP 1: Discipline yourself to professionally write out each and every text, tweet, instant message, or email. This will increase your chances of breaking unprofessional writing habits. You will write better.
Tip 2: Let others be your second set of eyes. Recently, someone sent me a suggestion on how to change a headline to sound more accurate. They generously offered me a new headline. It went from, "Obama to increase oil production in the US," to "Obama removes barriers to oil production in the US." One simple change made my headline more accurate.
Tip 3: Read often. Some of the best writers are frequent readers. Reading other's content may improve your writing. If you are not sure how to write a certain way, read a good writer's work and see how they wrote that type of writing. Next thing you know, others will be reading your writing to write better.
Remember, in order to write better, practice writing professionally as often as possible. I hope all your writing dreams come true.
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