Lazy writing is when you forget that the reader is entirely dependent on your every word for them to clearly understand what message you’re trying to get across. Lazy writing occurs when we are more focused on what we need to say instead of what our reader needs to understand. Some people don’t think of themselves as being a lazy writer but the truth of the matter is they are without even realizing that THEY ARE!
Examples of being a lazy writer include:
Poor Grammar: If you need farther information, contact myself or another team member at your early convenience.
Spelling errors: I belive we will be abel to finnish this project in a timly manner if we all work altogether.
Run on sentences: In order to complete the projected goals for the project we have to first decided how we will get started and that means we have to branstorm on some of the best ideas to present prior to the meeting with the client.
Fragmented sentences: Because if was raining.
Lack of clear focus: If we are able to finish the project on time we can proceed to the meeting so we can decide how to make sure our inventory is availbe to meet the projected goals. If we don’t have inventory, we should discuss at the next meeting and keep working on the project.
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How do you overcome lazy writing?
- Read Out Loud. This is the first step to checking for writing that may not make sense: read it out loud.
- Shorten Your Sentences. One of the best ways to avoid lazy writing is to take out every unnecessary word, phrase, and sentence.
- Be Specific.
- Delete (when necessary)
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