In the course of editing entries for The MONUS Anthology (coming out soon), we stumbled upon errors a couple of our writers made frequently.
We made a compilation of these errors for you all to see, and learn from:
1 NOT PUTTING A (GOOD)TITLE
A title is the summary of the body of your work and as such, a good title is the first impression a reader has of who you are and what you’ve written.
You can thus see how important a title is, and it is a very grave sin to not put a befitting title to your work.
Make amendments henceforth.
2 FAILURE TO PUNCTUATE PROPERLY
You’d have a beautiful story only for you to forget to put a full stop at the end of your st. That captures you as either a lazy, unskilled, or inattentive writer.
Ensure to use your full stops, commas, question and quotation marks and in fact all of your punctuations as appropriate.
NB: In a formal piece, only one full stop is necessary at the end of a statement.
3 WRONG USAGE OF TENSES/WRONG SPELLINGS
We noticed that a couple of writers of entries submitted for the MONUS Anthology seemed unable to.
It is a skill you cannot do without, and we’d admonish you all to pay attention to that.
4 WRITING OFF POINT
You remember the MONUS Anthology is supposed to be about collecting your university experiences yes? You’d be surprised to know we got some entries that resembled nothing like that, and that was highly disappointing for us.
Some of these pieces were good, but as they did not fit into our agenda, we could not use them.
When writing for a medium, it is very necessary you read given information and follow instructions.
As expressive and as relaxed as we wanted our pieces for the MONUS Anthology to be, we still expected to see a level of propriety exhibited.
Writing in short forms, using slang excessively were common mistakes we observed.
6 HAVING NO BIO
7 FORGETTING TO DO A FINAL EDIT OF YOUR WORK
We believe a lot of errors mentioned earlier on would have been caught if the writers remembered to do a final scan of their pieces before submitting. A work filled with errors all about is unappealing no matter how interesting the story is.
So writer, no matter how busy you are, or how in a hurry to submit you are, always, we repeat, always do a final check on that piece. It’d do your work a lot of good.
You could go ahead and have another person proofread your work to catch whatever mistakes you might have managed to miss.
The seemingly little errors highlighted above can turn a potential fabulous work into a piece of trash.
We hope you’d take note of them and not fall victim EVER AGAIN.
Thank you for reading,
The MONUS Team.