I hope, you read previous four chapters carefully, and if not or have any doubt, please let me know using the comment box. I will try to solve them with best of my knowledge. So far, we have talked about “Structural and Grammatical Mistakes”, “Drafting”, “Right and Chosen Words” and “Homophones, Homonyms, and Abbreviations”. Now, even if you know about all the four, and you write very well, you can make these mistakes. Be it for print or online, these mistakes must be avoided.
1. Stretched Paragraphs
Not more than 50-70 words
Reader will not feel bored
Short paragraphs maintain the interest
Writers should discuss 1 idea in 1 para
Event 1000 word content won’t make readers yawn
Concise paragraph doesn’t mean a writer will cut out important info
2. Overlooking the Verification of Sources
A writer should perfectly know everything he incorporates in his content.
For this, research is a must.
Rely on Authentic and genuine resources
When mentioning statistic, quote, date of an event etc. cite verified sources.
Sources should be from where a writer takes information.
3. Boss is Always Right but not SpellChecker and Word’s Grammar Check
As it is true that boss is always right, it is a BIG truth that word’s grammar check and spellchecker aren’t always right.
Hot selling word/phrase doesn’t guarantee its accuracy.
A writer needs to rely on own self from saving content turning to disorder.
Word’s grammar check and spellchecker are right sometimes as they are just man- made software
4. Refrain from Igniting the War
All posts are opened to comment.
A writer should be opened to both positive and negative comment.
Don’t have same notorious or offending tone when replying to comments
Maintain courteous pitch in your answers
You may use spam blocker to block spam comments.
Writers need to learn from positive and negative comments.
Positive comments mean ‘don’t keep it up’ but excel over it. Writer won’t stick and always create good content.
Negative comments means, try to ‘learn’ from your mistakes and improve.
5. Make the End Right
Use call-to-action words like “buy now” or “click here” as and when required.
The Proper conclusion summarizes the whole idea expressed in the content.
The last scope for writer to give proper punch
Ending must be more functional than informative
A writer needs to offer right marketing solution. Example: Write ‘choose the right service provider’ in place of ‘best/suitable service provider’
6. Check Word Count
Word count doesn’t matter much for writing.
It plays a vital role when a professional writer has some targets to finish.
A writer needs to know how much to write.
‘how much’ refers to the word count.
Know how to stick to word count.
Time is saved and so are ideas for other content.
Focus on content being unique, precise and concise.
These qualities make content appealing to readers.
7. Misleading the Readers
When writing content, the title is a crucial part.
Refrain from giving a title, which can’t be justified with the content.
Use negative title but justify it with a positive content.
A writer should not mention deceptive information or which he is not confident on.
Readers will drift away.
And, the bull’s eye of increased ranking will miss the target.
Example: When writing on “Ways to Stay Thrifty”, sub-headings like ‘My Craze’, ‘My Love’, ‘My Obsession’ etc. are deceptive.
8. Yes/No Queries
Print or web writing both make for an interesting read when the opening sentence is a question rather than a simple sentence.
Example: When writing about “dentistry” you can open with this question- ‘Are you suffering from bad mouth air?’
This opening catches reader’s attention.