Some people have an ear for language and are natural writers. And others don’t and aren’t. They lack the sensitivity to the connotation of words. They may be good interviewers or have interesting or controversial opinions, which might make them valuable as writers. But they need the support of a good (and I mean a really good) editor. Sometimes the kindest thing to do is to recommend that in the absence of an editor, the writer might consider another line of work.
How do you know it’s time to step away from your keyboard? When you can’t spot egregious typos like this one in an article by a Yahoo! Shine writer:
If, in the same article, you repeat words:
And if you have no ear for common expressions and clichés and can’t choose the correct word when you try to use one:
Honey, if you have a problem with verb tense you might re-examine your career choice, especially if it’s not the first time you’ve used the present tense when the past tense is required:
I was instantly stuck on this sentence and struck by the possibility that you don’t know the difference between stuck and struck:
No excuse is possible here :
You write about the fashion industry. You work for an Internet search giant. You can find the correct spelling of Giuseppe Zanotti rather quickly. Maybe what you can’t find is a reason to bother spelling it correctly.
If you make numerous grammatical and spelling mistakes, you don’t get the editorial support your writing requires, and you can’t seem to self-edit, you should consider the possibility that you work for a company that doesn’t value quality writing and its readers’ intelligence. And you might consider that you’ve found the perfect gig.