When writing an essay it is easy to get so concerned about following the academic ‘rules’ that creativity goes out of the window. How can you encourage your self-expression and creativity, while still following the conventions? Here is one suggestion.…
It is helpful to get a colleague or fellow student to read through the work to see if the argument is clear.
Always set aside your writing for at least 24 hours and come back to look at it with fresh eyes.
If you find it hard to start writing, don't worry. Just start by scribbling down your ideas to get into the flow. You can rewrite and edit your work later to ensure it is accurate.
If a paragraph refuses to flow, underline the essential parts that must be included, work out the best order and add only enough words for the paragraph to make sense.
If you're struggling to maintain the focus of your argument, get back to basics and identify the main point that will take your reader from a position of open-mindedness towards being full persuaded by your case.
It's hard to analyse your own writing but there's a simple, straightforward way to check how your writing will come across.