Writing Basics, With Pictures!

I have a nasty habit of over-thinking things. Like in high school, when I’d do things like turn the prospect of an innocuous prom date into a 60-year commitment in my head.

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And then forget about the damn thing anyway.
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And so it is with blog entries. No one said I had to write Pulitzer Prize-winning material every damn day. So with that in mind, today’s installment of “Lane Tells You How to Write!” keeps things simple.

Before you even consider writing for others, you need to learn some very basic skills. Spelling is foremost among these …

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… especially spelling of proper names.

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Don’t forget concepts like grammar …

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… and punctuation.

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Image credit: Joyful Public Speaking (from fear to joy)

Even though they’re not writing per se, solid math skills are still terribly important …

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That’s 120 percent in case you didn’t feel like checking.
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 … as is geography …

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And no, the fact there’s a Boise in Oklahoma doesn’t excuse this.
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… and fact-checking in general, come to think of it.

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But if you insist on being an idiot, might as well go all out.
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Yeah, all this should be painfully obvious to anyone. However – as the images above attest – these rules are constantly blown off, even by people like Fox and HLN who really should know better. Take the time to use spell check and and verify what you’re saying, that’s all.

Do that, and you’re already above average.

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