Common Writing Mistakes

October 4, 2004 by

If people aren’t reading your church newsletter, maybe it’s because it’s not worth reading. Shoddy writing can sink any communication.

Literary guru Pat Holt offers 10 Mistakes Writers Don’t See, a list geared for fiction writers but full of advice for the pen pusher behind church newsletters. The list covers repetition, adverbs, passive voice and commas, among other common mistakes.

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Kevin D. Hendricks

When Kevin isn't busy as the editor of Church Marketing Sucks, he runs his own writing and editing company, Monkey Outta Nowhere. Kevin has been blogging since 1998, runs the hyperlocal site West St. Paul Reader, and has published several books, including 137 Books in One Year: How to Fall in Love With Reading, The Stephanies and all of our church communication books.
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2 Responses to “Common Writing Mistakes”

  • snoble
    October 5, 2004

    Good writing suggestions. The one I always hate is its and it’s. Sometimes you even see the mistake in published documents!

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  • brand1m
    March 2, 2005

    All good suggestions. They didn’t mention the prevalent misuse of the ellipsis. Everyone should know when to use their –’s and when to use their …’s.

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