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“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.

Writing an Introduction

You must have already heard multiple times that the introductory paragraph of almost any piece of writing, be it a college essay or a newspaper…

Writing a Conclusion

Sometimes writers do not pay proper attention to the concluding part of their work, considering it to be rather a formality than a necessity. In…

Comma Splice Rules

What is a Comma Splice? A comma splice is a poor attempt to join two independent clauses in a sentence with just a comma. An…

Subject-Verb Agreement Rules

Basic Rules of Subject-Verb Agreement – Subjects must agree with verbs in number. e.g. My phone is on the table.       Boys run across the street.…

Double Negative in English

What is a Double Negative? A double negative is a grammatical construction formed from the negative form of a verb (e.g. cannot, do not) with…

Common Grammatical Errors

Though English grammar is an extremely vast subject to make generalizations and summaries about, practice shows that many students tend to make similar mistakes from…

Editing Tips

Editing is an essential part of the writing process. While you might have expressed brilliant ideas in your piece of writing, if many technical errors…

Writing a Final Draft

A final draft is a piece of writing that will be handed in as your best work. Students should treat crafting a final draft as…

Writing a Second Draft

After you have written the first draft of your essay, you might think most of your work has been completed. You might take a break…

Writing a First Draft

A first draft is a rough sketch of your future piece of writing. Sometimes your first draft may become the final one due to it…

Words to Avoid in Academic Writing

There are some words students use in academic writing that could be said to be overused or unnecessary. Whether you are writing a paper for…

Famous Writing Quotes

To give further insight into how to begin writing, what the composition process is like, and how one should edit their work, we have provided…

Writing a Thesis Statement

Creating a successful piece of academic writing is impossible without a properly composed thesis statement. A thesis statement is a sentence or two that clearly…

Introduction to Research

Research is a necessary part of doing almost any academic assignment. Unless you are a genius who can make scientific discoveries out of the air,…

Advice on Writing

Be specific If you want your readers to fully understand you and to be engaged in your writing, be detailed. There is rarely a time…

Brainstorming Tips

Brainstorming is an essential part of writing. No matter whether you’ve got writer’s block, or feel confident in your abilities, brainstorming is an activity you…

Writing an Outline

Perhaps you have experienced the terrible feeling when your head is stuffed with ideas for writing an essay, but you don’t know where to start,…

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General Writing Guides Samples

Writing an Expository Essay

There are three main types of expository essays: scholarly writing used mainly for academic purposes, which describes or examines a process in a comprehensive way;…

Advice on Writing

Be specific If you want your readers to fully understand you and to be engaged in your writing, be detailed. There is rarely a time…

Advice on Writing

Be specific If you want your readers to fully understand you and to be engaged in your writing, be detailed. There is rarely a time…

Advice on Writing

Be specific If you want your readers to fully understand you and to be engaged in your writing, be detailed. There is rarely a time…

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