'Good academic writers communicate their ideas simply and clearly, conveying a sense of wonder or excitement about their subject.'
The thesis writer has to think carefully about what the reader needs to know at any given point. For maximum impact, it has to be ‘you before me’ all the way from first draft to viva.
The principles of storytelling can be successfully applied to academic writing to make your research more compelling.
Nothing is more paralysing than speaking to people who know more than you do about the very thing you’re speaking about. Students sometimes write badly for a related reason. They write with defensive terror, knowing the person reading the essay…
If you stumble across an obstacle in your writing, see if you can embrace it and incorporate it into your work;
When you are attempting to find the correct tone as a novelist or student, study the tonal technique of the authors you admire - their words, phrases, sentence and paragraph structure.
Empathy helps you to understand and engage your readers. If you identify what drives your audience, you will have your readers in the palm of your hand.
Finding your voice is as important for academic writers as for novelists. When writing on a subject about which you care deeply, your voice will come through loud and clear.
To find your voice as an author, whether you are writing a thesis or a novel, bring your own subjectivity to your work: the filters that colour everything you think, see, remember and value - and your curiosity. This is your investment in your writing.