Can you express the central idea or argument of what you’re planning to write, in a couple of sentences spoken aloud? This short but effective exercise works for both academic and creative writing. It will test the project’s roadworthiness before you start. You don’t need to tell an expert; you can present your idea to a friend or a family member — as long as it is someone whose judgement you trust. Your listener can tell you if the argument is compelling and if the connections between the elements are robust and logical. Without doing this simple test, you might waste time writing up an idea that will never work.
7 February 2019
Printing a draft is like taking out a map halfway through a journey to remind yourself of where you’re going.
Use the Navigation Pane in Word to help you check the structure of your work.
Ask a friend or colleague to check your writing is clear.