This post marks the beginning of a new series on this blog, Ask an Expert. Our first expert is Wendy van Leeuwen. She is a high school teacher and published author who is currently pursuing a Certificate in Technical and Business Writing. She also has the distinction of being my mother! I may be a bit biased, but I think her answers to my questions contain some great advice about how to become a better writer.
Why is it important for students to learn to use proper grammar and to proofread their copy?
In the same way that a plate of food is more appetizing when it is beautifully presented, your written communication will be more appealing and easier to digest for your reader if it is organized and presented clearly. Well-written, error-free copy demonstrates to an instructor, employer or potential client that you know how to pay attention to detail and can put together a high-quality professional product. Spell check and grammar check programs do not pick up every error and cannot be relied upon to do your proofreading for you.