Wednesday, February 22, 2012
The Writing Doctor is Out
Sometimes, it is easy to wish that this type of place existed. A place where you could have all your bad writing habits extracted by an English surgeon and, after a few hours, be free to go back out into the world with improved grammar and spelling.
In the real world, you have to work to improve your writing. Read books on grammar, style, and punctuation. Use your grammar-checker and spell-checker to catch your basic mistakes. Keep a dictionary and thesaurus handy. Attend classes and seminars on writing. Join a writer's club. And, most importantly, keep writing. The best way to improve yourself is to write as much as you can. This gives you more practice and allows you to catch your own mistakes and, through repetition, eliminate them from your repertoire. While there is no such thing as a perfect writer, we can always strive to make our writing better.