When I was growing up, I hated grammar. All those rules and requirements were too hard to remember. But now, I see a different side of grammar – enough to recognize that good grammar is essential when writing.
In case you don’t remember from your school days, grammar describes the forms and structure of words and how they are arranged in sentences. In other words, grammar provides the guidelines for the everyday use of both spoken and written language so we can more easily understand each other.
If my memory serves me correctly, it never failed. All my English teachers were strict and insisted on good grammar. Over and over, they repeatedly taught the building blocks of grammar. Verbs, nouns, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, and more, yuck!
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Good Grammar Is Essential
So, why am I even bothering to write about why good grammar is essential? If you are a virtual assistant, a writer, or a proofreader, it is your responsibility to write well for your clients and pass your knowledge off to them if they are receptive. The reasons are multiple, but we will cover here five reasons why good grammar is essential.
The very first reason we are going to cover is your expertise. By writing well, you are showing that you are an expert in your field. Plus, it shows off your professionalism.
Not only does writing well put a good light on your client, but it also shows that you care about your reputation as a small business owner. Never underestimate the damage that can be done with poor quality.
Speaking of quality, there always seems to be an ongoing fight about which is better, quality or quantity. You can still put out an incredible amount of writing and still write well. There are many resources available that will ensure your writing is rich in content. Using exceptional grammar skills ensures your writing is rich in content.
Have you ever tried to read something that is written poorly? It may not be the writer’s fault, although I would recommend a good proofreader take a look at the content. There are times that important concepts might be misunderstood or construed differently than what the writer intended.
Finally, a personal sense of satisfaction comes from writing and having sentence structure make sense. Writing well instills a sense of trust from a reader whenever you use care to produce a final content product. And I know that you would feel like you were on cloud nine should you receive a compliment about your writing grammar.
So let’s recap. To start with, according to Writing Forward, “Grammar is unpleasant for some writers. We’re in it for creative expression—we want to tell a story, make a statement, or share ideas. Why do we have to fret over parts of speech and punctuation marks?
But grammar is necessary. You can get by as a professional writer without totally mastering grammar, but you will fall flat on your face if you don’t know the basics.”
So, what does this mean to you? It means that good grammar is essential when writing for the five reasons given here: expertise, reputation, quality, clarity, and personal satisfaction. In other words, take care and write well. You will be happy you took our advice.
Pam Lokker is a master writer and a virtual assistant professional who enjoys content writing. Borlok Virtual Assistants, LLC (Borlok VA) has been the place to get global expert VA services with quality and on-time delivery for many years. We are now focusing on writing blog posts, press releases, articles, and web content, as well as proofreading and editing