Alyssa’s Blog

Writing up the corporate ladder
April 5, 2007, 7:24 pm
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There were a couple points that I felt were reiterated by each person interviewed:

1. Rewrite your work, over and over. I definitely have a problem doing this because I’m often writing in a hurry and usually give papers only one quick look over before turning them in. I usually try to through the editing, drafting jobs to whoever is sitting next to me, asking them what they think and if they find any typos. It’s an excellent point though. One of the author’s stated that professional writers are never happy with what they’ve written, and thus rewrite and draft it over and over again. I’m not sure how to take this though, because I’m usually never happy with what I’ve written, but other people tell me that it’s good. Like another of the authors, I pretty much base my contentment with my work on what other people think of it, not what I think of it. I think this is a good idea too, because often we can get so caught up in ourselves and our egos that we don’t realize our writing could be more effective given other’s opinions. Feedback is very important. You’re writing won’t go anywhere if everyone else hates it.

2. Don’t search for the perfect sentence. I loved this advice. I think too often I do this. I can sit and stare at my computer for an hour just trying to think of the perfect sentence because I refuse to go on until I get it out. I’ve probably wasted at least a month or two of my life doing this, which is very frustrated. Next time I sit there searching for the perfect word, I’m definitely going to remind myself of this and just keep going. The idea of using stream of conscience writing seems like it can be very effective. It’s best to just go with what you’re thinking, because most likely, it will be more informal and less boring than a perfectly worded sentence would be. My favorite author was the one who said that kids loved his text book because he and his co-author didn’t know any big words, so it was easy for students to understand. I always get frustrated when I see my Journalism friends’ work because I don’t know half the words they’re using, and I know I could never write like they can. But, now I realize… if I can’t understand it, what are the odds the majority of others can? I might as well be straightforward and clear in my writing.


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