Any writing guidebook Part 1 will offer you scores of general suggestions about writing your essays. I’ve honed the list down. Students, here are the most valuable:
Don’t use a long, academic-sounding word when a short, concise one will do. Hear every sentence, and make sure each one sounds like YOU. Don’t try to show off.
If you are afraid that short, simple words will make your writing sound immature, consider these most memorable statements:
Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country. —John F. Kennedy
Government to the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from this earth. —Abraham Lincoln
That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. —Neil Armstrong
As for me, give me liberty or give me death. —Patrick Henry
I have a dream. —Martin Luther King, Jr.
2. IF IT IS POSSIBLE TO CUT OUT A WORD WITHOUT LOSING MEANING, ALWAYS CUT IT OUT.
It serves the purpose of explaining the school’s rules.
It explains the school’s rules.
Why am I subjected to this ridicule?
Why am I ridiculed?
3. NEVER USE A METAPHOR, CLICHE, OR FIGURE OF SPEECH THAT YOU ARE USED TO SEEING IN PRINT.
INVENT YOUR OWN EXPRESSIONS FOR FRESHNESS.
The brilliant five-year-old doesn’t miss a beat.
At the end of the day, we are going to be left with the same number of potholes as we have now.
4. BE HONEST. EXPRESS A GENUINE EMOTION OR EXPERIENCE.
If a writer knows his subject matter, the reader is aware of a confident tone in the paper.
5. SOME ASPECT OF YOUR PERSONALITY GIVES YOUR WRITING A UNIQUE STYLE. FIND IT; DEVELOP IT; USE IT.
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