writing, still an important skill?!

While I won’t say that my grammar is beyond reproach, I will say that I try. I’m a self-confessed bookworm and, as a result, know first-hand how important it is that people write well. It’s not simply a matter of having a great story or topic, of having well-rounded characters or a great plot… you must be able to tell that story in a readable way. It needs to flow well and be free of error. Having the skills to deliver your thoughts, ideas or even your personal profile in a resume in a coherent and readable way is very important. It’s a skill that we use every day, whether we are five years old or fifty. We write stories, we write in journals, we write essays, poems, emails and text messages. In short, we rely on our writing a lot, no matter our age or profession and it’s interesting to see how the development of this seemingly simple skill can have such a big impact on our futures or even our pockets!

A little while ago, I was sent a great infographic from the team over at Grammarly, which showed the correlation between a person’s writing skills and the impact of those skills on their career. You’ll need to click on the image to open up the full infographic, but it’s really no surprise to see that writing well pays off {pardon the pun}!

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source – Grammarly

I think we all prefer to read things that are well-written. Text that is badly phrased, clunky or misspelled is often harder to read and not nearly as enjoyable. You can imagine that this kind of text might also make a bad impression on future employers or colleagues. Writing as a form of communication is really a cornerstone of any career. The more effectively you can communicate, the better off you will be.

From a teaching point of view, this is also one of the reasons I’m so passionate about really good children’s literature, and encouraging young people to keep trying different books until they find the ones that appeal to them. Just as different topics appeal to different people, so to do different writing styles and mediums. My middle son, Gabriel prefers stories that are action packed and loves books with cartoon-style illustrations included by teams like Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton, whereas my elder son Noah has always been drawn to fantasy/fiction novels with no illustrations. They’ve both found their niche and hopefully this impacts on the way they write as well. When you learn to appreciate and understand what makes writing, good writing, then I think you’re halfway there!

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