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HERE ARE SOME WRITING HINTS



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HERE ARE SOME WRITING HINTS.......

What makes writing easier? What makes your writing worth reading and believing? “GOOD WRITING

Solid research, having something new to say, thinking through your topic, mastering the literature on the subject, and more, but above all else he insisted on good writing.” –Stephen Ambrose, To America, 152


1. Avoid using "by" in your writing. It is passive voice and boring. Use active voice.

Correct example: Mike threw the ball. (Active, exciting, concise)

Incorrect example: The ball was thrown by Mike. (Passive, boring, longer/wordy)

2. Similarly, put the cause before the effect. Put the subject at the start of the sentence. That clarifies who is doing what and

why. Correct example: Kade spilled milk, so I got the mop. Incorrect example: I got the mop, so Kade spilled milk.
3. Avoid using "we' ''us" "I" "I will explain that...,' "In this paper, I will...." or similar pronouns and phrasing.

Otherwise, it is too informal and elementary (leave that for blogs and OP-EDs, not academic essays).

4. Avoid using subtitles. If you must, center them. Don’t bold or italicize them.

5. Understand that it is not the reader's responsibility to infer meaning from your writing.  Your essay is not




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