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What Is Effective Writing? A Definition - Darius Foroux

Effective writing

Effective writing is not about grammar, punctuation, and spelling. It is about hitting your mark.

  • Effective writing is clear and has only one interpretation.
  • Effective writing is credible. Your reader will only believe you if you know what you're talking about. They will immediately sense if you ramble or are dishonest.
  • Effective writing is persuasive. It sparks a reaction within your reader and inspires them.

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Effective writing

Effective writing is not about grammar, punctuation, and spelling. It is about hitting your mark.

  • Effective writing is clear and has only one interpretation.
  • Effective writing is credible. Your reader will only believe you if you know what you're talking about. They will immediately sense if you ramble or are dishonest.
  • Effective writing is persuasive. It sparks a reaction within your reader and inspires them.

Writing as a tool

Writing is a way of communicating. When you use clear, credible and persuasive language, you don't have to worry about a beautiful sentence or fancy words.

  • If you are not clear from the start, you will end up wasting a lot of time clarifying your message. Aim to get it right from the start.
  • You can write the wrong thing that will land you up in an argument. If you didn't mean it that way, don't write it that way. Write what you mean.
  • Ineffective writing can cause lost opportunities.

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