These headlines jumped out at me because of their odd or erroneous word use. ContinueLike it? Share it!
An error in a headline is much more apt to be seen than an error within the story. I’ve always considered a headline error and a misspelled name the two most egregious mistakes a writer/editor can make — and this Ruthless Editor has made her share.
But errors provide grammar lessons, so when I read something that hits me wrong, I stop to copy/paste it into a Word document for future blog material.
Headlines that avoid common errors also catch my attention. Here’s my latest batch from online news and blogs: ContinueLike it? Share it!
A headline should grab attention and draw in the reader. It also should be an accurate portrayal of what’s to come. Hyperbole — bait and switch, so to speak — can be a turnoff.
You can write your headline at the start, before you pull your content together, using it to keep you on target.
Or you can write your headline as you finish, reflecting on and summarizing your topic in a few words that invite your reader to continue.
A headline is the worst place to misspell a word or make a grammar faux pas. It signals either lack of knowledge or lack of attention to detail. Either hurts your credibility as a writer. ContinueLike it? Share it!
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I belong to a service that provides identity-theft protection. A recent email offered tips and cautions about smartphone use. As always, my Ruthless Editor radar was scanning for blog ideas, and I was not disappointed. Can you find the grammatical errors in these three smartphone tips? ContinueLike it? Share it!