Do you often wonder if the person whom you are writing for is even human? They seem to be so picky, pedantic and prickly, you can never get it right. Do you ever say: Old grouch! that was perfect, so why have they ranted and raved?
But have you ever looked at it from their side of the fence? They have bosses too, and it is those bosses who pay their bills, much of which incidentally is YOU.
You write. That’s fine and good. But when you write absolute crap and send it in, and there are 5, 10 or 20 of you doing exactly that, by the time that boss gets to the end of the assignments, well, they wouldn’t be human if they didn’t crack.
Furthermore, you deserve it. No one likes to wade through absolute junk that looks like something the cat dragged in. A person of the loveliest temper is not going to appreciate their day spent arguing with the writer over what you consider small mistakes, or having to fix them. Especially if the mistakes take up several lines.
We all are governed by time. Yes, bosses included. Although the more savvy bosses will assign work that even the slowest writer should be able to keep up with, an article that comes back and needs rewriting eats up that spare time.
It turns into a vicious circle. You write crap. The boss looks at it, debates whether to try to get you to write it again, cringes, and hands it to someone else. You wonder why you do not get work and harass your boss for jobs. They are too stupid or kind, or have given you enough chances, to risk any more disasters, so they give you work only when they can spare the time to fix your mess. You mutter and consign that boss to the depths of hell. Only they are already there, fixing YOUR junk writing.
This circle can be broken so easily. You simply have to follow a few basic rules
1. If you do not understand what the article is about, ASK.
2. If you do not understand how to use keywords properly, ASK.
3. Write the best you can and PROOFREAD your work before you submit it. DO NOT depend on someone else fixing it for you.
4. Leave yourself time to complete your assignment. The most mistakes are made when you don’t start straight after you have been assigned the work. DO NOT make the mistake of thinking the work is easy, so you have plenty of time.
These are a few rules that will save you countless trouble. I have more coming in later posts.
Above all, remember your boss considers you are a professional. SO ACT LIKE ONE!