General Writing Tips

Writing can be said to be a craft, an art, a science, or simply a form of communication. “Good writing” can be subjective, particularly in creative writing such as poetry. The stylistic choices of a writer can sometimes outweigh technical principles. These instances, though, are rare in the field of academics and often in a literary sense as well.

Though writing can be scrutinized by many different standards in universities, colleges, and technical institutions, a well-written composition usually follows a specific process:

brainstorming and/or research, outlining, first draft, second draft, and final draft.

Brainstorming and/or research is the act of gathering data and formulating concepts that can be used in your papers. It is an essential task that is done to build the substance of your content. Without it, you will be writing your assignment without any ideas to base your composition on.

Outlining is the process of putting your thoughts and data into its correct order so that your paper can follow a set path. Making an outline is integral to the organization of your assignment. If you do not create an outline, your writing will be a collection of scattered thoughts.

First drafts are what you initially compose in accordance to the organization that was detailed in your outline. They are written to unload your ideas that you have formed from your brainstorming and have organized in your outline. Being a one-draft writer will not ensure success – at least three drafts are required for noteworthy writing.

Second drafts are copies of your original draft that is made more exact in description and structure. They are made to refine your organization, to increase detail, to change sentence structure and to find better choices for words to explain exactly what you want to express. Without a second draft, the ideas that you put down in your first draft will not be expressed in the way that you envisioned.

Final drafts are the end-products of your writing assignments. They are completed to clear all doubts that you have in your writing. Before handing in your assignment, you have to be certain that you have met all the requirements of your instructor or the company that has requested you to write.

If we as writers follow this process, we will have a much greater chance of achieving our goals as students. 95% of our success in writing relies on adhering to the principles of the composition process. The extra 5% can be found in our passion for what we write about, as it will translate directly onto the page as engaging and inspired articulation.

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