We love writing and want to create a website that helps others to write correctly. If you have a question, please contact us and we will try to help.
This website has been created to help other people that write for their job, are keen to expand their writing skills, or are looking to improve their written communication.
We try to explain the fundamental elements of the English language, including grammar, punctuation, correct spelling, and small tips on choosing the right words to convey the meanings you intend.
Our main sections are broken down into the categories Spelling, Grammar, Punctuation, Writing Tips, and Writing Tools. In theory, almost all elements of writing could be included in the Grammar section, because grammar is broadly everything that forms the structure and systematic use of a language, but we have concentrated on word types and classes in the Grammar section, such as the definition of nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs.
Who Are We?
This site was created by Richard, a person who throughout their career has had to publish documents with accuracy, clarity, conciseness, and the correct use of grammar. These documents are in the public domain and are scrutinized heavily. Richard has a background that means he is aware of attributes, processes, procedures, and policies that are needed for specific organizations. That is why he has been asked to create several suites of documents throughout his career. Richard was certainly not chosen because of his capabilities with languages and writing (he certainly would not have been if the people making the selection were aware of his history).
Early on in life, reading and writing were difficult. At school, Richard often found it difficult to keep up with classmates when reading. This was especially difficult when reading in groups where one person read a few lines, then the teacher would point to the next pupil to continue. Richard just could not process the words quickly and keep track of the current position. Even focussing on one line to the next was difficult.
When he was still a child, as a punishment, Richard was once sent to another room and made to read several pages of a book. Following this, Richard was asked a series of questions about what he had just read. Can you guess what happened? Richard answered most questions incorrectly. This experience created a link between reading and punishment, which certainty did not spur on Richard’s enthusiasm to develop his language skills beyond core school levels.
Although Richard had difficulty reading and writing, he excelled with numbers, formulas, logic, and scientific explanations that required diagrams, charts, and used symbols to convey the meaning of several words.
After realizing he has skills in the science field, Richard graduated from university with a degree in a science-based subject and began working soon after.
As more and more documents were needed, Richard soon realized that adaptation was required in order to meet the expectations of his employers. He was relying on colleagues, friends, and family to proofread documents to detect grammatical errors and poor spelling. This was not what Richard wanted.
Richard, over time, realized that he needed to improve his written English. He did not know how though because his capabilities, or lack of, were not due to diminished effort or limited attention.
Richard needed to create some way to write correctly without the assistance of others. For him, this has meant breaking down the structure of writing into a process where each and every syllable and punctuation mark must be considered in its own right and in context to the preceding and following words as well as the context of the enveloping sentences within each paragraph. Developing this technique over years, whilst realizing the words that he often typed incorrectly has allowed Richard to finally write to a reasonable standard.
Richard realized that he often writes words that sound similar to the word he intended. For example herd and heard. Richard knows the meaning of each, yet still, he writes the wrong one. He also writes ‘if’ instead of ‘of’, and vice versa, even though he knows when each of these words should be used correctly. He also adds letters unnecessarily, such as altering the word ‘within’ into ‘withing’ or even sometimes ‘withering’, without being aware he has done so. There are also instances where letters are unconsciously removed from words when writing, completely changing their meaning.
Now Richard knows what to look out for, he is able to quickly spot incorrect words and amend them. He has created a personalized strategy for doing this. This combined with the processes he has developed for the correct use of word classes, punctuation, and spelling has allowed him to write correctly much of the time.
Richard wants to share this with visitors to this site, and help break down grammar into understandable chunks within the overarching system to benefit the people reading the information.
This is why WriteCorrectly.com has been created.