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How Well Do You Know Your Writing Abilities?

How Well Do You Know Your Writing Abilities?

Before you begin, take a minute to assess your writing style. You may discover that you know a lot more than you think, or you may discover specific areas where you need to improve. Either way, this exercise will help you assess your writing ability. Read each statement and mark the response that applies to you.

  Yes No I don’t know
1. I consider my reader’s perspective when I write.



2. I have no problem with the basics: grammar, spelling, and punctuation.



3. I know the difference between active and passive voice.



4. I try to choose simple words to communicate clearly.



5. I clearly state the specific purpose of my letters/ memos/e-mails.



6. I recognize and avoid business clichés and jargon.



7. I ruthlessly edit everything I write.



8. I prefer simple words to communicate clearly.




Do not worry if you were not sure of the significance of any of the above questions. As you proceed through this book you will read explanations of each. Soon you will be able to mark each statement in this self-assessment with a “yes”!

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