5 Delusions about Writing on the Job
Five Common Myths about Writing on the Job
A myth is an unfounded belief or a misconception. You may have seen movies or heard friends talk about some occupations, leading you to accept certain myths about writing on the job. These myths may affect the way you prepare your career. Here are five common myths about writing and the facts that disprove them.
Fact – In truth, 90% of all business transactions involve written correspondence. Conducting business in any field – even specialized areas involves some writing. A study of professionals, technical, and managerial workers found that they spent 23% of their time writing – more than one full day a week. Moreover, with promotions, writing tasks will increase.
MYTH – My assistant will clean up my writing.
Fact – In today’s world of tightened budgets, many businesses don’t have an assistant. Although upper level management still have executive assistants, many executives now write their own letters and emails because it’s faster and more efficient.
MYTH – Technical writers do most of the real writing on the job.
Fact – Some companies employ content writers for documentation and public marketing. Rarely however, do these specialists write everyday messages for employees. Instead, sales representatives, programmers, accountants, engineers, and other professionals must rely on their own abilities to communicate their ideas.
MYTH – Computers can fix any of my writing mistakes.
Fact – Today’s style, grammar, and spell checkers are wonderful aids to business writers. What they can’t do though is write the document and ensure its total accuracy. Only trained writers can do that.
MYTH – I can use form letters for most messages.
Fact – It is true that blogs and computers can provide dozens of ready-made letters or pattern paragraphs for which business people merely fill in the blanks. When these letters are suitable and well written, they can be useful timesavers. Often however, such letters are poorly written and ill-suited to specific situations. Most messages demand that writers do their own thinking.
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