Monday, March 7, 2011

Things to Avoid or Seek when Writing

1. You shouldn't use the "you" formulation. "You can see..." No. "One can see..."

2. Be careful not to over-generalize. Be specific. Except where one needs to be general.

3. Make sure paragraphs have logical coherence.

4. Avoid slang, and contractions.

5. Always ask yourself, while writing, and proof-reading: Why? How? Where? When?

6. Ask yourself, while writing: What am I trying to say?

7. Get the facts correct.

8. Spell author's and characters names correctly.

9. End the paper on a conclusive note, with new, deeper sense of your own thesis.

10. Have a thesis (form and meaning, both, not one, or the other without either).

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