When you write for a living like many do, you are dependent on making the most money. One would naturally think that the more you write the more you earn, right? Well to some degree this is true, but there are times that writing more could actually cause you to earn less over time. That is because when you write in a hurry, just so you can hit that publish button and move on to the next article, the quality of your writing may end up suffering.
Typos and Wrong Words
Everyone makes a mistake in their writing, that’s only human. Sometimes a writer will rely heavily on spellcheck programs to catch it for them. While they are great at catching misspelled words, the program can’t always tell if the word is wrong. If the wrong word is in the sentence, but actually spelled correctly, spellcheck programs think it’s right. So, just because you aren’t seeing any red underlines, or whatever your program uses to alert you, that doesn’t mean everything is perfect.
Articles that are full of typos and bad sentence structure will soon lose credibility with readers. How often have you made fun of a headline you saw what was obviously a typo? Admittedly, we are all human and we will immediately think, “Hmmm, who wrote that?” People associate the credibility of a writer to how well they actually write and structure their sentences.
But Isn’t That the Editors Job?
Don’t get into the line of thinking that sites have editors or moderators that are there simply to make your article look better. They are not there to change, edit and clean up everything you write. They are there to check them to make sure you are submitting good quality articles.
Yes, they may catch a few small things and change them for you, but if you repeatedly keep submitting articles full of typos, they will have to keep sending them back to you for editing. That will waste more of your time and theirs. You may find yourself looking for a new site to write on, or they may end up limiting the number of articles you are allowed to submit even more.
Writers are Responsible for Their Own Quality
One good quality article, that is well written will impress your readers more than seeing that you recently published several that are laden with typos. A reader will think that if you are in such a hurry that you can’t even bother to check for spelling or typos, maybe you don’t take the time to check your facts either.
If you are submitting to a self-publishing site there is no one to check the quality of your article before it publishes but you. The site has trusted you to publish a quality article, but rest assured that site owners and moderators are watching. You may lose your self-publishing privileges if they are constantly catching mistakes in your posts.
Read, Rest, Read Again….
I use the three “R’s” when I am writing an article. When it is done, I read it through and edit or change whatever I don’t like. I may add another sentence, delete unnecessary words or change paragraph structure. Then I let it rest. Yes, I literally walk away from the computer and go have a cup of coffee or do a small chore. When I come back, I re-read it again. If everything looks okay to me, I hit the publish button. If it is self-published, I open it and read it again, just to make sure.
Do I sometimes miss something? Sure I do, but at least I know I gave it the best shot possible to be as good a quality article as possible. Once you get a reputation for well written articles, you will also gain more readers. If you rely on page views for payments, more readers, means more money.
If you get paid a flat fee per article that you write, think of it like any other job. Employers do not hand out raises if you are not doing your job well. The writing world is the same way. There is no hope of getting higher paying writing jobs if you don’t strive to impress potential editors with what they are already seeing…and yes, they do ask to see samples of previous work when you apply for writing jobs. Be sure you have something great to show them!
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