‘Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.’
— Stephen King
The business of writing can seem tedious when compared to the joy of plotting out your next manuscript, researching some fantastic historical figure, or trying out a new poetry technique. Still, your prose can be brilliant, your creativity endless, and your grammar faultless – but writing is work and even if it isn’t your full-time job you have to work at it.
As with any job there are a range of practical skills that writers must learn to excel at:
- Email and letter communication
- Identifying, and engaging, your audience.
Administrators require effective communication and an excellent knowledge of how to write clear and coherent documents.
Bloggers have to write interesting posts and snappy newsletters that hold their audience’s attention.
Teachers and tutors must write constructive lesson plans and have the grammar and proofreading ability needed to assess their students.
Social media addicts need to ensure that posts, captions, and comments are well-written, likeable, and error free.
And for those who are self-employed, writing can be make or break. When your livelihood depends on communicating with clients and customers you need to avoid writing blunders, usually without a second set of eyes to check your work.
Those little issues can become big ones when you send them out to prospective clients, agents, or publishers. They’re issues that are best avoided and the surest way of doing that is by honing your craft. Whether you want to capture your reader in a 100-word email or a 100,000-word novel, it always comes back to craft.If you’re looking for a quick refresher or want tips for turning your passion into a career, come to ‘The Business of Writing’ with Tiana Templeman on June 15th. This class will teach all the skills you need for excellent communication and professional writing.