It’s a given that authors need to be able to write well in order to be successful. But is this true of other professions too? Is the ability to write a necessity for them as well? I think it might be.
Have you ever read a blog post or an eBook where the grammar mistakes and spelling errors just about drive you crazy? I have and it is not fun. This is something that is not exclusive to blogs and eBooks either although it is a common place to find them.
Writing is another form of communication and if you don’t possess this skill set you could be judged intellectually and professionally because of it. No matter what you do you need to be able to write well. Today it is an almost essential job skill.
But it is really more than that. Writing gives you the ability to express who you are as a person. Where would entrepreneurs and people who work for themselves be if they weren’t able to string two sentences together? Those who work independently do everything from home, at least in the beginning, anyway. They don’t have that face to face communication that people have in the job place. So writing is a vital skill for them.
When I first decided that I wanted to work for myself the last thing that I thought I would be doing was writing books. Of course, I made the decision before self-publishing made it possible for everyone to do so. I always hated writing essays in school. So writing books wasn’t even a remote possibility for me.
But think about it. No matter what kind of work you plan to do independently, self-publishing books on whatever it is that you are into is a great way to establish your credibility. It can cement your position as an expert in your field. So for me, this was enough incentive to get over my disdain for writing. I decided to work to hone my writing skills.
How did I do that? I did it by writing, a lot.
I shouldn’t say just writing. I also started reading books more than I ever had in the past. You wouldn’t think that reading would make a difference but it does. You pick up grammar skills and writing techniques that you don’t even realize. You don’t think about it because you are just enjoying the story.
Of course, the best way to improve your writing skills is to write, even if you think you aren’t good at it. It is the only way to get better. So if you are looking to improve your skills for business or even for pleasure, keep writing. Also, remember to read more books. By doing both of these you will improve your skills immensely.