8 foolproof ways to sharpen your writing skills

Tweets, blogs, Facebook updates, and other Web posts need not be sloppy or incoherent. Follow these guidelines to improve your online communiqués.

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In this world of quick and constant communication, it’s easy to let pesky things like proper punctuation and grammar fall by the wayside. I mean, if you’re “just” writing a status update on Facebook, or tweeting about your company’s deal of the day, does it really matter if there’s a misspelled word? (Intentional abbreviations are an exception.)

Would a run-on sentence really make people tune out all the great info you’re sharing about your business? If you write a dull headline, will your content be ignored?

Maybe. Maybe not.

Why not take a few extra minutes to make sure that even with micro-communications, you’re communicating with clarity so your customers, followers, and friends get your message and want to read your content?

Here are eight ways to sharpen your writing skills:

1. Write more often. Writing is like any other skill: The more you do it, the better you’ll be. Writing for just five or 10 minutes a day will help you flex and strengthen those writing muscles. Remember that you don’t have to publish, tweet, or post every word you write. Sometimes it’s better to just keep your words to yourself.

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