Writing Styles That Schools Taught You Wrong

Writing Styles

Writing StylesSchool and work are two very different worlds.

There are a lot of things you can learn in school that you can apply at work; however, this is not always the case. The essays you write for academic purposes widely differ from the articles you compose for work. What you consider as good writing back in the academe may not be necessarily applicable in the office.

Here are a few bad writing styles that the school may have taught you:

Obsolete Writing Approach

Teachers use great writers to mold young writers. They require readings from classic writers who are already dead for centuries, which unconsciously compel youngsters to mimic their style. There is nothing wrong with the classic style, but it may not be as effective if you’re a home-based content writer.

Always Waiting for Instructions

Some writers are not as productive at work because they find it difficult to start writing a new article. In school, teachers give a guideline to students on what to write to engage them in the lesson. This may not be helpful at work, though, where bosses expect you to do your job with less supervision and minimal instructions only.

Long, Text-heavy Paragraphs

In school, teachers often grade the papers of their students by its length, the number of pages, and how complete the thought is. Articles published online, on the other hand, look more appealing and easier to read if written in shorter paragraphs. This is a problem newly grad writers encounter at work.

No Creativity and Originality

Writers fresh off the academe often compose source-heavy articles. There is nothing wrong with too many sources; in fact, it is better. But, young writers just quote the thoughts they get, making their articles less creative and original. In the professional field, creativity and originality are two key factors.

Not everything you learn in the academe is applicable in the real world. Keep in mind that when you’re writing, the article should be for a specific group of people. In this case, your audiences in school and at work are very different.

3 Comments on Writing Styles That Schools Taught You Wrong

  1. Lauren R. Nelson // August 11, 2015 at 2:29 am // Reply

    Writers nowadays have no freedom to choose how they want to write. There will always be superiors who’ll tell what to and what not to write and how to do it. No one else should be an authority on your writing than yourself.

  2. Richard B. Tran // August 11, 2015 at 4:37 am // Reply

    I agree with creativity and originality as two important factors. Education should be about teaching, broadening horizons, and developing kids. But sometimes it can be too restrictive that it places boundaries and sets rules, which shackles young writers from exploring further.

  3. Raymond S. Ludwig // August 11, 2015 at 4:57 am // Reply

    I was a good writer in primary and high school. But when I got to college I have to do a lot of adjusting with my style and try to unlearn several things I thought was right.

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