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5 Horrible Mistakes to Avoid When You Write

Experienced writers have learned something about writing which is it’s not only what they write but what they don’t write. And, there are some things they know that they should not even think about writing. Most writers are guilty of some of the following mistakes that are made. If so, they need to be warned that it’s now time to improve their writing by eliminating them.

1

Never Use More Than One Exclamation Point

Never Use More Than One Exclamation Point

The first exclamation point is okay, but every one after that will lose a lot of the writers’ credibility. The more a writer uses it in succession, the less believable and weaker the point will become. The majority of the time, even one isn’t needed, but sometimes a writer feels it’s necessary. If so, the writer needs to limit it to only one.

2

The Ultra-long Paragraph

The Ultra-long Paragraph

Most people today scan on the Internet because they don’t have the patience or time to read an entire article. Their eyes are constantly flitting across the screen, looking at the headings, glancing at any images, and picking up a few key phrases. Nobody wants to read a single paragraph that continues to go on and on. There’s a simple way for writers to avoid writing the ultra-long paragraphs. After writing one or two sentences, they need to press the return key. That’s a paragraph that’s short enough to draw in the users.

3

Buzzwords

Buzzwords

These are phrases or words that don’t have a concrete meaning. They are very popular but are essentially useless. Some of the greatest mistakes of using jargon are the headlines created by some writers. Here are some buzzwords that writers should never use:

  • Engagement - Track Record – Innovative - Problem Solving - Cutting-Edge
  • Revolutionary – Dynamic – Passionate – Driven – Strategic - Leverage
  • Solution – Collaborative - Results-oriented

Writers can use these sometimes, if it’s in the right context, but they need to be careful not to use them too often.

4

Don’t’ Ramble

Don’t’ Ramble

If a writer fails to make their point in the first sentence or two, they need to forget it because they’ve lost a good number of readers. When a writer sits down to write their content, they need to write exactly what they want to say and make their point. If they want to tell a story, they need to do it confidently and quickly.

5

Don’t Use Vague Language

Don’t Use Vague Language

Vague writing is indefinite, uncertain, and unclear and should never be used by writers. It’s easy to spot vague language because people won’t understand what’s being said. The readers let their eyes move over the words, through several paragraphs, and have no idea what the writer is saying. It’s way too many words with little or no meaning.

Some writers do this on purpose because they expect the reader to find the hidden meaning. Most readers have no desire to work just to understand it. They expect the information to be presented to them as explicitly and clearly as it can be. Here is how not to be vague:
• Begin every section with a clear sub-heading
• Communicate only one point in every paragraph
• Write the big idea in one simple sentence
• Use shorter words and sentences
• Use more nouns and less adjectives
• Use stronger verbs and less adverbs