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Are you a bad writer?

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Professional writers aren’t the only ones who need solid writing skills. Increasingly organizations want and expect employees to be strong writers.

In fact, organizations spend as much as $3.1 billion annually to train employees in remedial writing, according to a CollegeBoard study. Immediately improve your writing by avoiding these common errors:

  • Using the same words over and over and over again. A thesaurus can be your best friend. Search your writing to make sure you aren’t re­­peating words or phrases, and find new ways to convey the same sentiment. Just make sure you aren’t …
  • Misusing words. Don’t use words if you don’t fully understand the meaning of them—even if they sound or seem right. When in doubt, use a dictionary.
  • Making your sentences run on and on. Read your sentences aloud. If you have to stop in the middle to take a breath, the sentence is probably too long. Break long sentences down into concise statements that readers can immediately understand.

— Adapted from “6 Embarrassing Signs That You’re a Bad Writer,” KayLeigh Moore, Inc., www.inc.com.

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