Sunday, July 3, 2011

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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Today's Writing Tip Is on Grammar-Free Zones

Writing properly can be exhausting. There are times when we don’t want to check for every typo, misplaced modifier or dangling participle. Sometimes we’re just plain off duty.

I usually consider myself to be off duty in social e-mail, in text messages, and on Facebook, but that’s because I don’t use Facebook for work. If you use social networking sites like Facebook or Twitter to promote your business or products, including books, by all means take time to write properly. By definition, LinkedIn is a professional networking group and you want to present yourself well there. And if you have a blog that you use to promote your most recent book, or a product or service, and you have followers, you’re still on duty.

But if you are chatting back and forth with your friends in e-mail or on Facebook, you don’t always have to take the time to proof everything. Discussion threads on Facebook can be long, and the forum itself may interfere with productivity. That’s why some workplaces have completely blocked access.

When it comes to proofreading and writing well, use your own judgment. And it doesn’t hurt to automatically configure your spell-check to proof every e-mail before it goes out, so that people aren’t scratching their heads wondering what you meant by the word “hur” (her, hurt, hurry?).

Happy writing, and take some time off from the grammar world


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