Finessing an argument and spotting typos need different mindsets. Whether you’re writing an essay or a PhD, you need to be the editor as well as the author.
Look through your essay and underline your reporting verbs. Then decide whether you have used the most suitable verb in each case.
To raise the quality of your writing, check your verbs. Select verbs that say exactly what you mean and carry the right amount of weight.
Students want their text to get to the point, and for their argument to be easy to understand. Their writing needs to be clear and concise.
In the final phase of your PhD, approach late-stage setbacks in practical ways to distract from the doubts.
The main point of cutting back a piece of writing is to make your work more impactful—more energetic and more persuasive.
When you're writing, picture yourself working in a room and re-position your imagined reader as you progress.
Connect with your writerly self and try thinking about your writing in the way that professional writers do.
You might be surprised to learn that it could be more efficient to spend less time on drafting and longer on other aspects of your writing.
If your essay is peppered with comments such as ‘Who?’ or ‘What?’, you may have made a common grammatical error. To check, look for the pronouns.