How to Make Sure You Publish Error-Free Writing, Top 10 Tips

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You can make sure you compose error-free writing with these 10 #WritingTips

Not having error-free writing: Awkward.

While coaching, a client asked me how she could improve her blog.

She seemed to focus her questions on her content and graphics.

My awkwardness stemmed from my awareness of the real problem: the mechanics of the writing.

Do I tell her?

I decided to take the leap. After all, she’d paid me to help her improve the quality of her blog.

When I gently pointed out the mechanical errors, there was an awkward silence.

She didn’t know how to respond, and I didn’t know how to ease her obviously wounded feelings.

Fortunately, today’s guest author works for a company that makes a grammar tool to improve writing. She offers 10 tips for error-free writing.

Writer Liz Patrone wrote the following in her article After Page One:

How hard could writing really be?

The truth is writing is heartbreaking.

It’s other things too: exhausting, humbling, tedious, painful, addictive, consuming, annoying.

It calls my name in the middle of the night now, waking me from the first deep sleep I’ve had in months and insisting I put pen to paper only to have the words elude me when I rise.

It teases me with promises of fulfillment just to leave me aching. And even when the words are flowing and things are at their best, it still brings me back to where I was…: a little sweaty, a little uncomfortable, my heart thumping away in my ears.

Top 10 Tips for Error-Free Writing

by Sae Kyung

Writing is a kind of skill that requires creative ideas and great command over grammar. If you have both at the same time, no one can deny you are a good writer. But if you are poor in grammar, it makes it tough to convey your ideas in an understandable way. If you have been making mistakes in writing, do not let this cause you stress since this skill takes time to build up.

Error-free writing is easy with these 10 #WritingTips


              Tips for Error-Free Writing

  1. You must use the help of online grammar check tools since they remove various types of mistakes from your text. Generally, people make mistakes like s/es, singular/plural, formatting, other spelling-related errors, etc. These tools have been designed in a way to detect these kinds of mistakes within no time. These mistakes are minor, but sometimes they change the meaning of the whole sentence.
  2. Keep reading since reading lets you know how to assemble different types of thoughts beautifully. Error-free writing is not all about noun, verb, pronoun, active-passive related mistakes, but more than that. To correct these types of mistakes, reading will offer you excellent examples of how to construct sentences. Sentence construction is something that requires time and effort to learn. You need to pay attention to how strong writers arrange different types of clauses in the form of one sentence.
  3. Have a habit of proofreading after writing. It does not only make you able to detect the mistakes, but also increase your knowledge regarding grammar. Error-free writing is easy with these 10 #WritingTips
  4. In order to write error free, you need to organize your ideas before writing. When you are clear about what you want to write, the chances of mistakes occurring diminish.
  5. Always use tools that allow you to focus on writing. Many writing tools are distracting and will interfere with your focus. Go with a simply designed tool that will not disrupt your writing flow. It requires understanding that writing requires concentration. When you write without getting disturbed, it leads towards not making mistakes.
  6. Next, you need to assess weak points that lead toward making mistakes. If you pick your weak points and do a bit more homework to understand how to overcome them, it can help you a great deal to mastering sophisticated writing. 
  7. Keep in mind that you are writing. You need to encourage yourself all the time while sitting and writing.
  8. Take a rest and put your piece of writing in a draft. You may not be able to detect the mistakes just after writing. Check it later. The in-between gap prepares your brain to examine the writing in a better way.
  9. Do not use the same word many times in the same content. It does not leave a good impression on your readers. 
  10. Try to write sentences that are simple and concise. It keeps you and your reader from getting confused.

Host Blogger’s Comments:

I introduced this post by quoting from a frustrated writer. Her words showed insight only those of us who write (or try to write) can understand.

I’d like to conclude this post by sharing how Liz concluded her article on the frustrations of writing:

This is exactly why we have to do this. Because the things that pull us apart and put us back together again in a whole different way make us into something so much bigger in the end than the sum of all our shattered pieces.

So we simply must write, even though the doing so will likely break our hearts. We must write until the opening onto the paper becomes both a source of pain and a relief from it. And only when we set the words free, so do we set ourselves.

Readers, please share. Other writers will feel understood by Liz’s words and empowered by Sae’s tips.

What was your reaction to Liz’s words? Raw? Painful? Uplifting? All of the above? Are there any of Sae’s tips that you struggle with more than the others?

I look forward to your answers in the comments section.

Related Post:

How to Improve Your Blog Writing Now: 7 Simple Tips

This post focused on the mechanics of writing. If you need to improve your content, follow this 9-step plan to boost your writing techniques while maintaining error-free writing.

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  1. Abhilash PS

    Hi Janice,

    I like this part “Keep in mind that you are writing”, Concentration is one of the key factors while writing a content. I think that’s where the problem lies, when we lose our concentration on other issues then we got distracted & writing stops.

    Great tips. Thank You for sharing!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Abhilash,
      Thanks for writing me. I agree with your comments. There are actually tools that are designed to help people concentrate. I know Focusd is one of them.
      Janice

  2. Ramit

    Hello,
    The post will surely go a long way in improving my writing skills.
    As a good writer you need the creative juices flowing through your brain.
    Plus, if you add the grammar etiquette it makes the job complete.
    However, if one is a beginner, he or she should start with simple and concise sentences.
    It will help to build up the confidence.
    However, good writing demands patience and one should be willing to devote time into writing.
    When your readers like your post, you get pumped up and motivated for the next one.
    Thanks for sharing your great tips.
    It has been a learning experience for me.
    Great Stuff.
    Best Regards.

    • Janice Wald

      HI Ramit,
      What wonderful comments. I’m so glad you found the post helpful.
      I agree with your comment: When your readers like our post, we get pumped for the next one. I can relate, for sure. Thanks for writing.
      Janice

  3. Bren Pace

    Hi Janice! Hi Sae! Nice to meet you!

    I don’t know about you, but I love having another set of eyes or a tool to go behind me and proof my work. I know what I want to say when I write and I read it that way, no matter the exact words that are written. I’ve been using Grammarly for a few years now and it’s been a life saver for me.

    Thanks for sharing these tips! I’m passing it along!

    B

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Bren,
      Thank you so much for sharing the article. I also love Grammarly and rely on it. I actually backlinked to my article on it in the post.
      Janice

  4. Gaurav Heera

    thanks for giving these wonderful tips , these are really very helpful. It is an important information about article writing

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Gaurav,
      I agree. My guest author did offer important information in her article. Thanks for writing to tell me you appreciated it.
      Janice

  5. John Doe

    I think proof Reading is the hardest thing to do. You know what you wanted to write and when you reread it, my mind sees what I wanted to say not what I really wrote . Therefore there are grammatical errors in it that I didn’t see or fix. A lot of times, when I use the microphone at the bottom of the keyboard, the voice doesn’t hear what I actually said.

    • Janice Wald

      I agree, John. I have that problem, too. If I’m in a crowded room, the dictation on my phone is especially full of errors. I have to read before I send.
      Janice

  6. Ryan Biddulph

    Hi Sae and Janice,

    Digging tip #2. Big time! Because reading every day, blogs, fiction,and all stuff in between, improved my writing quickly and also helped me spot errors. By reading skilled writers with eagle eyes I spot my writing errors in comments, posts and guest posts. Most of the time at least 😉

    Set aside 30 to 60 minutes daily just to read. Sure you can count reading blogs but I like setting aside 30 minutes for fiction prior to sleeping. Why? Reading authors like George R.R. Martin, Lee Child and James Patterson helped me learn from the best. On top of that, these best sellers are proof read by teams of pros. This is pristine writing. Clean writing. Error free writing.

    Reading error free writing rubs off on you in a wonderful way. But you need to read. Not once a week. Every day. 30 minutes or longer. Go with fictional best sellers if you really want to spot errors quickly in your own posts because when writing or proofreading you will automatically uncover something that does not sound right. Alarm goes off. You are free to edit, knowing with confidence that the correction needed to be made to create an error-free piece of content.

    Thanks for sharing guys 🙂

    Ryan

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Ryan,
      Thanks for writing. Everyone seems to have a different favorite tip. Since I’ve started using Flipboard in earnest, I read more blog posts than I used to. Now, I read to curate whereas before it was more for social and networking purposes. I don’t have time for novels. Too busy reading and writing blog posts!
      Janice

  7. Lori

    These are great tips! Sometimes I’m in such a hurry to publish a post, I just skim over quickly for errors. Taking the time to proofread is key. Also I love how you pointed out about reading! So true!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Lori,
      Thanks for commenting on the writing tips article I published. People are writing in with their favorite tips from the article. The favorite seems to be the one you chose– reading.
      Thanks for the visit and the comments.
      I’m off to visit your blog now.
      Janice

    • Janice Wald

      Thanks Debby. I hadn’t heard of it. I am linking to you this Saturday, by the way. I sent you an email with a question I have for you about the post. Thanks for writing. If/when I do another tools post, I’ll add your suggestion.
      Janice

  8. Eugenia

    This is excellent advice, Janice. I find it’s best to walk away and free your mind from the piece you are going to publish. Then come back to it.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Eugenia,
      So nice to hear from you. Sometimes I take a break and return with fresh eyes before publishing; other times, I am rushing and push through. It’s usually the latter. Thanks for writing.
      Janice

  9. Carol Taylor

    A great post offering great advice and I for one need to save to draft and revisit because whenever I do I find something I have previously missed. I am too quick to publish sometimes..lol.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Carol,
      Thanks for writing me. Did you read Eugenia’s comment? You just echoed her view!
      It’s fun reading which comments resonate with people. Thanks for writing.
      Janice

  10. Abid Masih

    Hi Janice,
    I found these points quite helpful while writing the points which I like most useful are Grammar Check and ProofReading. Although rest of the points are good for error free writing. Have a good day.
    Regards
    Abid Masih

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Abid,
      Thanks for commenting on my writing tips post. I use Grammarly. I even published a blog post recommending it as my grammar checker.
      Janice

  11. Heather

    While these are all excellent tips, I find #6 to be the most helpful. It is never much fun to search for and seek to improve upon our weaknesses but this is an invaluable aspect of honing the craft of writing.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Heather,
      I do it too. I think self-reflection is important both as a teacher and as a blogger. Thanks for writing.
      Janice

  12. Lynda Hardy

    These are excellent hints! Most of us have been out of school long enough to have let some of the more methodical steps in writing lapse – great reminders!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Lynda,
      I agree with what you wrote about the mistakes that people make when they write. The abbreviations people use as shortcuts when they’re texting don’t help. Thanks for writing about my post.
      Janice

  13. Evan

    Great post, thanks for sharing. One of my favorite tricks: Just relax! Blog posts are what I like to call “iterative artifacts.” I am constantly going back in to improve them, make them more thorough, or fix mistakes (well, not TOO often on those mistakes). Don’t feel like just because you published something you can’t make it better. That’s the beauty of the web.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Evan,
      Nice to meet you. Thanks for the compliments on the post.
      When you say we can make it better– do you mean update the post or make a new post with entirely new information better than the posts we’ve previously written?
      Janice

  14. Yasar

    Hello Janice,
    Thank you for letting us know about Grammarly tool.
    It’s really the best tool to improve Writing.

  15. Amelia Williams

    Hi Janice,
    Before posting articles, I used to double check the contents for errors. Now I’m using Grammarly for more accurate checking. Thank You for posting.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Amelia,
      I use Grammarly as well. I have a productivity tools post coming up soon, and I’ll be recommending it.
      May I ask where you found this article? It’s rather old now since it came out in the spring. I always wonder. Thanks for your comments.
      Janice

  16. Susmita Debbarma

    Hello,
    I have check Grammarly tools from online but I don’t have to check contents for error. But now before posting the articles, I will check in more times.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Susmita,
      I am a little confused by your comment.
      Grammarly is a Google Chrome browser extension. If you have Grammarly, and you’re blogging on Chrome, it should automatically be finding your errors for you in red. If you click on the red, it should tell you what’s wrong and how to fix it.
      Janice

  17. Susmita Debbarma

    Hello,
    I have check Grammarly tools from online but I don’t have to check contents for error. But now after posting the articles, I will check in more times.

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