What To Do After Improving your Writing Accuracy

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I once spent hours getting a story ready for submission to a publisher. The pitch was great, the story formatted beautifully, with all of my details checked and double checked.

I hit send.

A few weeks later, I read an interview with the editor and discovered why I never got a reply. They hate flashy pitches. They preferred submissions to be functional and structured, not bold sales copy. My writing was accurate, but it missed the mark by a mile.

Google Translate is also pretty accurate (although it will only downgrade the quality of your writing). Most non-native writers think their mistakes are what’s holding them back. But they can already communicate well.  In addition, study and revision they will reduce the number of language errors in their work. If that fails, there's always Google Translate.

Writing is not all about accuracy! Even if you have sharpened up your English, your writing journey isn’t over.

How to take your error-free English to the next level:

Read English text

It’s important to read for enjoyment, but also, to read like a writer. Take a closer look at how writers make their work effective - structure, language, style, devices.

Seek feedback on your written English

If you want your work to be accepted and valued by English speakers, get feedback. If more than one person highlights a shortcoming of your writing, consider working on it. Develop a thick skin and get constructive criticism

Analyse old written work

Go back to the last proposal you wrote, an old email or your very first story. Terrible, isn’t it? Cheer yourself up by seeing how for you have come. Try improving old writing. What can you add to it with your new found accuracy?

Add new writing tools to your arsenal

Read writing craft or ‘how to’ articles. Keep up with popular publishers and writers on social media. What can you learn from them? Advice and tips will help you include new techniques in your own writing. If you really want to fast track the next steps on your writing journey, consider taking a course.

Show your boss who's boss

Remember why you are doing this - for your own career and writing goals. In your next review or client meeting, bring some examples of your improvements. What benefits do these bring your company or clients? Don’t take your progress for granted.

Messages, emails, documents, content — these days we write more than ever. 
What could be more important than improving written communication for your personal and professional goals?

Take a moment to consider where your writing is, and what benefits you could reap by going beyond ‘being accurate’.


For language tips and resources download the FREE eBook How to Become a Proficient English Writer.

If you want to avoid all this and improve your writing, send me a message today.
Let me see if I can help you and give some advice.