12 Mistakes Nearly Everyone Makes, huh?
Truthfully, I have an internal battle with this every day. So let’s lay it out on the table, here are thing writing mistakes from the article I suffer from most often:
- Affect v. Effect – Oh boy, where do I even begin on this one? OH YEA – IT GETS ME EVERY TIME. No matter how many tricks I learn, no matter how many times you remind me…pour me a cup of Hemlock and let’s just get this over with because it KILLS me.
- Nauseous – I’m nauseous just thinking about how much I use this.
- The Oxford comma – Let me tell you, I fought hard for this bad boy when I started my internship. I sent memes, I pleaded, I begged, I justified, I researched. Eventually, they beat it out of me; no Oxford for this gal. It’s actually a little perverse the attachment I feel to the Oxford comma and the battle that wages between the best practices taught at work and the lives that can be saved by that pesky punctuation. They must not have found my persistence that annoying, they still hired me (once I dug my comma it’s own grave. They watched me do it. It was terrible).
My personal bad habits?
- I work way too fast – I have flashbacks sometimes about my mother (who happens to be a teacher) reading through my essays and pointing out the SILLIEST mistakes and practically shouting at me “SLOW DOWN YOU DAMN KIDS!” Wait, no, that was the neighbor next door that yelled that. Well, she told me to slow down. I heard it so much it’s practically Pavlovian. The second someone starts to edit I rock back and forth and mutter “slow down and catch your mistakes first.”
- Putting my ducks in an order – I know what documents I need to look at, I know what points need to be included and I know what background should be included. That being said, it has been my mission over the past year to make this second nature. I am learning systems that make for more efficient communication and self-reminders.
- Not everyone likes that word – Draw your own conclusions what word that is, but nobody likes it like I do. As long as I can remember having a passion for writing, I remember having to self-edit. I have indelible sarcasm and sometimes it gets the best of me. I have to (almost literally) step out of myself to write documents for clients and peers. At the end of the day, it’s actually something I really enjoy. It’s a chance to get to be someone else, but it’s a constant challenge. I’m even worse about the things that come out of my mouth, but that’s a different story.
WHY in the name of all that is Timey Wimey would I admit to all of this?! Because if I write it down, if I remind myself and if I continue to at least try and learn, eventually, someday MAYBE I will get to that place.
I know this is promotion for a seminar they are holding, but PR Daily posted an interesting article about the fact that most family members really have no idea what we do. (The article can be read in full here: http://www.prdaily.com/Main/Articles/14960.aspx)
I totally understand the idea that no one really understands what we do – because do we really understand it? Personally, that’s a resounding hell no. Our jobs change on a day to day basis. What did I do Friday? Vetted blogs, attending a brainstorm, sent out invitations for a launch party (among other things). What’s coming up on Monday? Top stories development, briefing documents and FAM coordination. Even that, hardly scratches the surface of what we do. Budgets? Sure. Advertising? Got it. Financial research? Why not. Permit applications? In the bag.
How can we ever begin to describe what we do if we do it all? PR may ask too much of us at times, but it definitely gives us the opportunity to grow and gain expertise in fields we never imagined. One year in, and it’s a little intimidating – but that’s normal, right?….right??