People often underestimate the importance of being a good writer. Writing is an important career skill. Workers need to be able to communicate quickly and clearly with other employees and management. Good writing makes you stand out and gets you heard.
"Writing concise and well is an important career skill. It makes you stand out and gets you heard."
So why do most people suck at writing? I think it's because school has taught you to be a shitty writer. Schools place a lot of emphasis on the length of writing. This is a terrible strategy for teaching writing because it subtly teaches people that longer writing is better writing, which is just wrong.
"Schools emphasize on the length of writing, but this is not the same as good writing."
The best writing is exactly as long as it needs to be. Something that is too long is often just as bad and possibly worse than something that is too short.
When I was in college, I tutored English and it was always shocking how many people I saw who just couldn't write. Most people suffered from the same problems: trying to use big words to sound smart and trying to lengthen a paper with unnecessary bullshit to meet a word count or page length.
Here are some tips that you can use to improve.
- Cut out unnecessary phrases from your writing. Things like "In order to" can be replaced with "to" and "in the event that" can be replaced with "if" and "despite the fact that" can be replaced with "although" as just a few examples
(That one seemed ok.)
- Burn your goddamned thesaurus. Obscure words don't make you sound smarter. They simply make your writing harder to read most of the time.
"2. Avoid obscure or sophisticated words. They only make you harder to read."
- The word "very" no longer exists in your vocabulary. See Dead Poet's Society
(Seems ok in conciseness, but does not explain.)
"3. Don't qualify when it does not add information. Saying something is "bad" or "very bad" does not make a difference unless in comparison."
- Avoid saying the same thing over and over. Once you've told me, you've told me. You don't have to tell me four times.
"4. Don't repeat yourself"
- Don't use jargon. Nobody likes to read jargon, even the people who know what it means. Stick to plain, contemporary language whenever possible.
(Same as 2.)
- Place restrictions on yourself. Instead of a 1000 word minimum, do a 500 word maximum. It's harder to stay under 500 words than to exceed 1000 words.
"6. Try reaching for a maximum of words."
Source: I need to keep my statements under 80 letters long.