The ultimate rule is to write so that the reader can understand your intended meaning (Whitaker, Ramsey & Smith 2012, p.80).
For this technical exercise we were to review chapters five and eight of Hicks (2013). In these chapters Hicks (2013) talks about spelling and style, where it informs us about the impact that style has on writing.
I achieved 80% on my first attempt for quiz seven (a). One of my mistakes was a common error I have obviously made over the years when using the word ‘principle’ and the word ‘principal’ as my general understanding of the word principal was that it was the head of school which was called principal (Hicks 2013).
I frequently mix up the words ‘principle’ and ‘principal’ this is because my general understanding of the word principal was that it was the head of school whereas Hicks (2013, p.171) states that principal means: main or head. The word principle means basis (Hicks 2013, p.171).
I achieved 90% on my first attempt for quiz seven (a) because I got the question about if a writing piece is really good a reader will see technique wrong due to second guessing myself.
Reflecting over all of my quiz results I find that at least 70% of the time I have made mistakes due to me not paying enough attention to either the textbook or the questions. This seems to be a bad habit of mine.
Hicks, W 2013, English for journalists, 4th edn, Routledge, New York.
Whitaker, R, Ramsey, J & Smith, R 2012, Media writing: print broadcast and public relations, 4th edn, Routledge, New York.