10 Academic Article Writing Tips


To say that there are 10 writing tips for academic articles is really to say the type of writing is unique. It may be in the sense that it is created in academia and will most likely only be read by people in that area but generally speaking, good writing is good writing wherever it appears. That being said here are 10 tips to make whatever writing you create better.

Create your own voice. One of the biggest mistakes anyone writing can make is to copy another writer. That doesn't mean copying verbatim but it does mean copying the style and character of another writer. Be yourself.

Write all the time. Writing is both a physical and a mental activity and a way to get better at it is to do it constantly. By thinking about what you are writing the actual act of writing becomes an exercise which will teach you how to perfect the skill.

Set achievable goals. It's pointless setting a goal of writing 10,000 words in a single sitting. Set yourself goals which you can achieve.

Don't just think about it, do it. The world is full of people who talk about their ideas and about the work they are going to write. Spend less time talking and more time doing.

Have a plan. You wouldn't set out to climb a mountain without thinking about it first of all. The same principle applies to writing. Don't simply jump in and write, although there is a good case for that when the dreaded writer's block occurs, but have a plan about what you will write and how you will write it. Follow your plan.

Leave the polish until the end. Too many people set out to write an academic article and stop every two or three lines to check and recheck their work. Forget that approach. Let the writing flow. Forget about the spelling, punctuation and grammar. Time to do that once you have finished the writing task.

Have a formula and stick to it. If the writing task requires an introduction, main paragraphs and conclusion, stick to this formula.

Read the topic or question you are to address several times before you begin. Make sure you stay on topic.

Have faith but not too much. Always believe in the worth of your writing but be prepared to make cuts if necessary.

Practice makes perfect. If you find your writing is not good enough, write more. Only by doing it can you get used to it and make it better.

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