How to improve your spelling

improve your spelling

I guess spelling is a bit like grammar. Mention it to anyone and they’ll usually either roll their eyes or shudder with fear. But the pressure to spell well is even greater for copywriters.

Not only are you paid to deliver flawless copy, but the copy itself is normally used in a commercial context, so there’s a lot riding on your spelling skills.

So, what if your spelling isn’t up to much?

After all, you’re not at school anymore. And it doesn’t help that many English words are spelt differently depending on whether you’re in the UK or in the USA.

Is there anything you can do?

Actually, yes. In this article, we’re going to show you how to improve your spelling in a quick and simple fashion.

Here are 6 easy ways to improve your spelling quickly…

Tip 1: Print your work out

It’s easier to spot mistakes when you’re physically holding a piece of paper in your hands. We’re so accustomed to consuming content online that mistakes are often glossed over.

Tip 2: Don’t rely on a spell checker

It’s worth using a spell checker as an initial first sweep on a piece of copy, but in general, no software will be as reliable as your own eyes.

If you are using a spell checker, ensure that it’s using the right sort of dictionary. For instance, if you’re working on something for a UK client, you won’t want any American settings and vice versa.

Tip 3: Read your copy out loud

Strange as it might seem, spelling mistakes often become more apparent when you are reading out loud.

Tip 4: Make a list of your most troublesome words

If you notice that there are some words that you’re spelling wrong more often than others, jot them down on a piece of paper and stick it on the wall.

There’s no shame in admitting that you’ve got an issue with a term or two. In fact, it’s a sign that you’re able to look objectively at your weaknesses.

Tip 5: Sound out tricky words

There’s a reason why kids are taught to sound words out: this method works. Just be aware of rogue alien words that aren’t spelt the way you’d think.

If in doubt, reach for a dictionary.

Tip 6: Make a note of commonly misspelled words

Remember that we all make mistakes.

Here’s a handy list of the 100 most misspelled words in the English language.

Does that help?

If you’ve ever wondered how to get better at spelling, then we think this is a solid list of techniques to try out.

Don’t worry if you need to improve your spelling. 

Just think of it as one part of your copywriting toolkit that needs improving.

Ultimately, we’re all good at different things. The trick is to find easy ways of reducing the potential for spelling mistakes, rather than becoming a walking, talking dictionary.

Keep practising and you'll reap the rewards. From your CV and portfolio through to your best copywriting examples, your work will reach a new high.

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