Why Spelling is Important for Online Writing Success and Making Money
Bad Spelling = Lazy Writer
It should be obvious to any writer that spelling is important, yet it's striking how many hubs, web articles, and other pieces of writing are riddled with spelling errors.
As we have increasingly come to rely on technology during the process of writing, we've also allowed ourselves to let basic skills diminish. Spelling is one of those skills.
What bad spelling says about a person is more significant than bad grammar or poor word choice. Bad spelling is laziness. Bad spelling means you don't care. Bad spelling is the personal hygiene equivalent of not showering for a week. Bad spelling in a hub demonstrates that you aren't concerned about the quality of your work. It also sends a clear signal that your writing is substandard. Nothing will turn off a potential reader faster than bad spelling. It's like a puddle of oil in the garage of your writing career. One has to wonder what's wrong with the rest of the car.
There is simply no reason for anyone to have incorrectly spelled words in an article. Everyone has access to a spellchecker.
A common writing idiom is: good writing is good editing. A good writer will read a piece several times before publishing it. Bad spelling indicates that a writer neglects this important step of writing. It also signals, particularly in a piece that requires research, that the research is probably shoddy. If a writer can't expend energy to correct small spelling mistakes, how could that writer have spent the time to do good research?
Bottom line: the worst writing usually contains spelling errors. Although it's not fair to say that it's always the case that spelling errors define bad writing, why risk giving a bad impression from the start? You may have just written the best article in the world, but a spelling error in the first paragraph will keep multitudes of people from reading it. It's like walking into a restaurant that smells like rotting food. Who would eat there?
Take the time to check spelling in your articles. If you know how to spell well, the process will help you catch other mistakes. If you don't know how to spell, then run a spellchecker to catch mistakes. Ultimately, you'll improve the quality of your writing and attract more readers.
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