The Cost of Bad Writing

If businesses are spending $3.1 billion on remedial writing training for their employees, that means that far more is being lost by businesses because of poor writing skills. These losses are coming about because many of those who can write well--including those who, because of their superior communication skills, have moved quickly up the corporate ladder, and are therefore in positions to make business decisions--likely stop reading when the grammar and spelling mistakes become too much. Poorly written proposals, emails, etc. communicate that one is unprofessional and careless, and who would want to do business with such a person? 

The problems extend beyond B2B losses. A poorly written in-house communication can result in someone having to hunt down the author to find out what on earth they could have possibly meant; worse, using the wrong word could communicate the complete opposite of one's intention. So not only could time be wasted, but people could be misdirected regarding what they need to do. Both result in lost money and opportunities. Bad writing is bad business.

Camplin Creative Consulting brings over a decade of expertise in writing composition training to their writing training program. If you have employees who need to brush up on their writing skills, we have proven methods to improve those writing skills. We go beyond mere intervention, where the writing couch tells the trainee what they are doing wrong, and use writing exercises that actively improve trainees' writing skills. With our combined use of these exercises, interventions, and the teaching of grammar, logic, and rhetoric, Camplin Creative Consulting provides businesses with the kind of training their employees need to become better writers.

If you have employees who you think need to improve their writing skills, contact Camplin Creative Consulting today.

Creative Consulting

Among the kinds of writing consulting work we do here at Camplin Creative Consulting involves consulting on your creative works -- novels, plays, memoirs, etc. are all areas in which we can help. With practical experience writing prose fiction, plays, and poetry, and a graduate education in creative writing, Troy Camplin is well prepared to provide you with a wide range of services, from plot construction to character development, description, and minor edits. We look forward to receiving your creative manuscripts to try to help you get your work polished enough to get published.

On Partnership

What is a partner?

We use the word "partner" in a variety of contexts. We have business partners, life partners, sexual partners, creative partners, etc. We often refer to our spouses as our partners, which is where we get the term "life partner." I suspect that the healthiest marriages are those in which the couple consider each other to be partners. Sometimes these different kinds of partners overlap. Obviously one's life partner is going to be one's sexual partner, but it is not uncommon for one's life partner or spouse to be one's business partner as well.

Since this is a consulting blog, let's concentrate on business and creative partners.

The word "partner" comes from the Middle English parcener, meaning "joint heir." That is, the partners inherit things together. That may be a literal inheritance of property or money, the inheritance of offspring, or the inheritance of a co-created work or business. ME parcener is in turn derived from from Old French parçonier, which means "partner, associate; joint owner; joint heir." When you own things in common, you are partners. The word "own" is derived from the Old English āgen ‘owned, possessed,’ past participle of āgan ‘owe’; Old English āgnian ‘possess,’ also ‘make one's own’. So the concept of ownership needs to be understood as being related to what one owes. Ownership implies debt. Co-owners are, thus, co-debtors. They are indebted to each other because they each possess what the other possesses. Coincidentally, the word "ought" comes from the Old English āhte, which is the past tense of āgan ‘owe'. Thus, debt, morals, and possession are intimately related to each other.

A partner, then, is someone so completely involved in each others' lives that they are in debt to each other; they are joint possessors. In relationships, that means, among other things, that they possess each other. In business or create endeavors, that means the partners share possession of what they created. And they behave morally toward each other. Without this equal debt to each other, without equal ownership, there is no partnership. Those partnerships that fall apart reflect inequalities within that partnership -- they reflect the unequal ownership of what was created. In other words, if you want to create and maintain a healthy partnership, you have to make sure that you are equally invested.