Before You Hit Send

“It’s hard to take someone seriously when they leave you a note saying, ‘Your ugly.’ My ugly what? The idiot didn’t even know the difference between your and you’re.” ― Cara Lynn Shultz, Spellcaster

Social media has enhanced communication in some ways and diluted it in others. If I were a superhero, I’d wear a cape made of dictionary pages and run around with a magic red pen correcting the Facebook posts and Tweets of those too quick to hit the enter/send buttons.

Even if your friends don’t judge you by the way you communicate, customers, clients and superiors DO. You don’t have to be perfect, you just have to be careful.

If you notice an error after you hit send, give it a beat and then decide if it’s worth following up. Sometimes the answer is yes.

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Let it Breathe

One of the few things most writers agree on is leaving a first draft and coming back to it with a fresh eye.

If you can spare a few hours, great. Even better, before sending or finalizing anything you’ve written, give it 24 hours. Then, read it over. Read it out loud.

Almost always, you will find something to change or improve. Often, you will find errors your mind skipped over during your first review.

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