Working Out Your Writing Style

When someone reads your paper, do they find that it flows well and is easy and enjoyable to read? When you read your own work, does it strike you as well written? If you’re willing to be honestly critical with yourself and determined to improve your own style, you may benefit from some of these style tips that can play a part in improving your writing in general.

It’s important to keep your overall theme in mind while you write. Sometimes essays have a tendency to go off at a tangent about something unrelated to your subject. To prevent this from happening, you should keep a piece of paper or notebook beside you which has your main theme, and at least five sub points that relate to that theme. When your paper is being read, the reader should recognize your theme in every sentence. The general follow-through of each paragraph should be dedicated to the main point you’re trying to convey or prove.

Essay Writing Tips: Your Flow

Your professor loves to read essays that flow from one section to the next in perfect consistency of thought. A jumbled essay is just confusing. If paragraphs and sentences don’t connect with each other logically, then your essay will be down-scored. Successfully connecting your paragraphs involves a process of relevance between ideas held in that paragraph. If your first paragraph gives a question, then the next should give the answer; and the next should prove that answer; and the next discuss the consequence of the answer, etc.

Let It Marinade For A While

Another sure way to spot errors in your style is to leave your finished paper and go do something relaxing for a few hour—or even a day. Then go back, read your essay, and mark any changes that are needed. This gives you the perspective of reading as the third person instead of the writer. Don’t submit your essay without first going through this important ritual.

Verbalize It

A good way to check your flow is to read your work out loud to yourself. You’ll soon hear if there are any errors in the coherency of the text. If you feel it’s necessary, read it out loud to someone else and ask them to alert you to any errors. Let other people read your essay when you’re done. Other’s opinions will likely give you some idea as to what your professor might say.