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Three Mistakes Even Good Writers Make

By November 23, 2012February 28th, 2023Blog

You might think that since your articles are safe and sound grammatically that you’re good to go, and in many ways, you are. However, people who write a lot, especially those who write in the same niche all of the time, have a tendency to make a completely different kind of mistake. If you write your own blog, or find yourself writing for several blogs, check out the tips below to see if you may be a victim of your own writing.

Your “Tell”

A “tell” in poker is the twitch or expression someone gets when they’re winning (or losing). Writers have the same sort of habit, but it usually comes in the form of a dozen or so phrases that get overused in all of their writing. They are often crutches that writer falls back on when they feel they have nothing much to say. Though there’s nothing wrong with falling back on these phrases, consistent and constant overuse can dull otherwise shiny writing.

Monotone Voice

You are not a teacher lecturing your students and you don’t want to pick up that tone, mostly because those kinds of teachers often wind up having their students take a nap on them. A dull tone will be perceived as boring and monotone, and readers will be less inclined to stick around and keep reading what you have to say. Vary the length of the sentences in your piece, and make sure your short sentences are “punchy”. Make sure you get your point across, and then move on.

Verbs Ahoy!

Verbs, as they are action words, quite literally drive your writing. They can be used to excite your reader, and using strong and active verbs can result in a strong and active reader. However, some writers hide their verbs (it’s call nominalization, in case you are interested) by turning their verbs into nouns. It’s the difference between “I need a change” and “I need to change.” Make sure your articles have action, not just persons, places, and things.


Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.