Today I wanted to publish a guest post which was sent to me through the platform of My Blog Guest. I thought the content was very good information for writers online, so I decided to publish it.
However, before you get into that, I wanted to let you know that my domain name has changed. So, if you came to my blog by writing http://persuasivearticleamarketing.com in your browser you may have noticed that it turned into http://sylvianenuccio.com which is now the URL of this blog.
This makes the URL much shorter and easier to remember, especially if you know my name. In the process, however, I lost all the tweet counts on all my posts, and it seems that there isn’t anything that I can do about this. If you know any different, please, let me know in the comment area!
Transferring a domain is much, much more work than I thought it was and I don’t think I would ever do it again, to tell you the truth. However, this needed to be done this one time and I am glad I did it.
I have to say that that Hostagtor was great in helping me. The representative who helped me with my domain transfer this week end went well above and beyond her range of duties and I just wanted to say thank you. I had no problem filling out the survey and saying I will recommend Hostgator to anyone. They are great for people like me who don’t always know what they are doing when it comes to technical stuff.
So, now that you know about my new URL and why all my tweets are blank, without further ado, here is the guest post…
How To Avoid Common Writing Blunders
All writers strive for excellent written communication, regardless of the audience or purpose. However, common mistakes will trip up even the most prolific scribes. Here are some of the most commonly made mistakes and how professional writers in all areas avoid them.
Spelling and Word Use
What did you mean to say: Your or you’re; it’s or its; there, their, or they’re; loose or lose? It’s not the computer’s job to know which word is correct for the meaning being conveyed. How about these: affect or effect (affect is the verb; effect is the noun); accept or except. Be sure to read your work carefully before submitting as the final draft.
When to use me, I, and myself seem to regularly present problems. This is largely due to writers wanting their work to appear more formal. Realistically, though, phrases like I, myself…; or …by myself are the only two permissible times to use myself.
When using I or me check these examples, I will go to the park; so, You and I will go to the park. Correctly stated, Carol took me to the gym; me is the object, not the subject. Me is not used as a subject: Me took a walk…? I don’t think so, do you?
Dangling Participles or Misplaced Modifiers
This is where grandma may be rotten instead of the potatoes, or did the potatoes come in from the rain. It’s so confusing!
Coming in from the rain, Grandma’s potatoes were rotten.
And this one brings a smile:
An elephant rumbled down the street, gray with dust.
Which one was dusty?
Lack of Subject/Verb Agreement
A singular subject requires a singular verb, and vice versa; a plural subject takes a plural verb. These may just be typos, but a thorough proofing of the document points them out quite readily. For example, “George helps Dan repair the motor.” Here is a case of a plural subject, along with a plural verb. Often times when using a singular verb, the verb ends with an s, e.g., “The dog barks loudly.”
By remembering to include a subject and verb, and usually an object, sentence fragments become avoidable. For example, this phrase. There is no verb or object. Hopefully the handy computer will pick up sentence fragments, but not always.
Use of Apostrophes
Namely used with contractions or to make nouns possessive, apostrophes help make sentences a bit more concise. In addition, please note the following: could’ve, should’ve, and would’ve. When writing, please remember the contraction used here is for would have, as opposed to would of. It is incorrect to say the latter at any time.
i.e. or e.g.
These may not be as common as the others, but it is beneficial to know how to use them. I.e. indicates in other words, while e.g. replaces for example. They are far from being interchangeable. Some people are not aware of this one at all.
Writing blunders certainly do not have to be the norm. After burning through your paper or article, take time to carefully read it aloud, or if you are quite brave, have someone else read it. Hopefully, the above offerings will create awareness so in the future your first draft might just be your final draft.
Terry Ford can spot an em dash a mile away and leap dangling modifiers in a single bound. As a professional blogger and freelance writer she relies heavily on a great grammar checker to avoid these common mistakes.
I hope you enjoyed this lesson about writing “correctly”. When you do it really sets you apart and your piece can stand out!
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