By Janette Speyer –
We all have fears – some tangible while others are more mental. It has been said that a fear of public speaking ranks and a fear of heights rank highest. Overcoming one’s fears or making them more manageable is important as we move through life, school, work and relationships.
My personal Waterloo
Writing! I have no problem expressing myself in meetings, but confronting the written word was a pleasure I avoided. Whenever I reached for the keyboard to start crafting a letter, writing a blog or marketing plan, I found myself thinking more about style, structure and grammar rather than content, clarity and readability.
I don’t know if writing is a skill you are born with or is taught through public education. What I do know is that I am not alone in my struggle to write well. Writing poorly has reached epidemic proportions – both in school and in business. In fact writing can impact your future. Learning the hard way, I realize now how important a role writing plays in being a good communicator and a business professional.
I have been on a long journey to become a better writer, arming myself with different tools and tips. I tried everything from a thesaurus, grammar checks and many applications to help me write a readable document.
My quest ended when I experienced StyleWriter – a downloadable writing and editing program. I relied on the spell checker, but Word will catch only a few typos. It will not correct stylistic or grammar errors or show you how to write in a clear, concise and readable manner. Now, after writing a document, I run it through StyleWriter. It highlights my errors and shows me where to simplify, cut and rewrite. It’s like having a professional editor and proofreader on my desktop! And best of all, it has taught me how to write better. Now I actually look forward to writing and watching my improvement. StyleWriter keeps me on track!
The StyleWriter software offers a Free Trial Offer. After sampling all three versions – Starter, Standard and Professional, I chose the Starter version. It’s fairly intuitive and there are a few easy videos to view to maximize familiarity and use.
Franklin D. Roosevelt once famously stated, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself!” Easy for him to say; he was not only an epic statesman but an accomplished writer as well!