Business people often don’t scrutinize their writing, just as I don’t closely examine my wrinkles.
But if you want to look good, you have to face the mirror and figure out what to improve. Fortunately, it’s usually easier to minimize writing flaws than to erase the lines of time.
To help, I’m working on a writing self-assessment tool. Give it a try.
Copy the 10-question quiz that follows. Give yourself 10 points if you agree with the first statement, 1 if you agree with the second or pick a number to represent where you fall between the two.
1. I know the main point I want to convey. 10 points
I’m not sure about what I want to get across. 1 point
Hypothetical you: I have a few points in mind. 5points
Add up your answers for a score out of 100. If you need help figuring this out or have some suggestions to improve this quiz, please share your comments below.
10 quick questions
1. I know the main point I want to convey.
I’m not sure what I want to get across.
2. I know exactly who I want to connect with.
I’m writing for everyone.
3. I know how I’m going to make my point.
I will write until I feel like I’m done.
4. I know that most people read through what I’ve written.
People don’t seem to finish reading my stuff.
5. I know the difference between its, it’s and its’ (10 bonus points if you catch the trick).
I get confused about words that sound similar.
6. I know that people understand what I’ve written.
People don’t seem to get me.
7. I use terms understood by the people I’m writing for.
I expect people to look up the words they don’t understand.
8. I easily adjust to different readers and media.
I always write the same way.
9. I check carefully for typos, grammar errors or missing
I count on spell check to find my mistakes.
10. People respond to what I’ve written.
I don’t know how people respond to what I’ve written.
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