Writing experience is not hard to get; business writing experience is hard to survive. Writing is a skillful combination of story-telling, persuasion, and information sharing. The trouble with writing is that it takes words. And words are loaded. A word that sounds perfectly fine to you will be a trigger for someone else.
The answer is not to avoid all trigger words–you can’t.
The answer is not to use big, bloated jargon words that aren’t clear or concise–no one will read your writing.
The answer is not to ask six people to vote on words in your writing–that’s a shortcut to insanity.
The answer is not to be angry, use words because you can, or be mean, cruel, or insensitive. Sure you can, but is that the person you want to be in the world?
The answer is to develop a large, complex, simple vocabulary and use it. Will you always strike the right chord with everyone? No. No matter what you write, someone will misinterpret it. Someone will blame you, someone will love you, someone will be jealous, another admire you.
You can avoid many pitfalls by giving examples to show what you mean, but you will probably never write the perfect report, email, book, story, or poem.
That’s the whole point of writing. You never get to the end of it, you never perfect it, you can always polish your approach, your vocabulary, your sentence structure. Writing is always a seedling, never a husk.
—Quinn McDonald is a writer who teaches writing. She is also a creativity coach.