While this tip sheet from the NCTE is for parents who want to make better writers of their children, those of us who just need to write at work had better pay attention to its excellent advice:
- Write for different audiences to better understand their contrasting concerns and to improve your overall command of topic.
- Start always with praise when criticizing writing.
- Read and write to sharpen your writing skills.
- Use all the steps of the writing process (planning, drafting, revising, editing, and proofreading) to strengthen your message.