Think Before You Write

By: Mandy Bowling

Everyone always says… think before you speak. Well, something we also need to think about is think before we write.  In our textbook, in chapter five, O’Rourke gives and explains information about writing and preparing yourself. I think writing is something that is so overlooked because while something is seen on paper, we can’t always tell what how the person is saying what we are reading, so misinterpretation can happen… big time…. and it can cause problems. 

It’s important to speak when we write, just as O’Rourke says on page 135 in the textbook. Make your writing how you speak and make sure you get the point you are trying to say across. Make it personal so people can try to see how you are saying what you are saying. Also, make it clear what you are trying to say. Don’t just plot it down and except people to proofread it right when they receive it. Think about what you are trying to get across and check before you send.

I do a lot with promotions and during football season there are a lot of promotions for games that have to get done ahead of time. To make a long story short, I had got a sponsor of the game and on top of that our athletic department was going to donate money to their program for future promotions. Basically, participating in a group that can help us and participate with us in the future. So, when it came time for the event, last minute details were sent back and forth to make sure things were on track. The email from the sponsor was a cluster. They repeated themselves over and over again saying different things and really just not making any sense. It was clear that they wrote the email very fast and were either in a hurry or flustered that they didn’t get their thoughts straight before they sent the email. This is a clear example of thinking before you write because, in this case, the sponsors didn’t check their writing and didn’t think before they wrote and it caused somethings to delay and go wrong when it could have been handled much easier. 

Writing is something often used in the working world. We send emails, faxes and texts all the time. So it’s important for us to check what we write and to think about what we write before we even write it and especially before we send it. 

Chapter five is a good example of how to become a good and better writer. I suggest people read it because it takes writing to a step by step process. 

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By mandybowling

3 comments on “Think Before You Write

  1. I think this was one of the most valuable points in the book so far. I work with academic departments often, and they could really use a refresher in “writing as you speak.” I proofread so many pieces that are full of jargon and way over my head, and their target audience is high school students! Also, I liked your point about the disorganized e-mail. A rushed e-mail can make anyone sound bad, even the most intelligent of professors. -Kayli Head

  2. I think this is especially important for people that comment on blogs or sports games. There is always a comments section and some people are not very smart or informed when they comment. You might get the occasional educated commentator, but for the most part they have no idea about their facts or what they are saying. People tend to make up facts and just talk garbage and it is very annoying.

    Cory Morris

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