How to write effectively (1)
Wednesday, 29. July 2009, 10:11:44
As the international tests require more and more writing skill, I think it is necessary to post this topic to help us meet their requirements. This topic will be open for all of you. You can learn, practice and post your opinions about writing.
I will gradually post all that you need to produce a good piece of writing. Hope you all will learn something from them.
But first of all, there is something you should pay attention to when you write a paragraph or essay.
- A good piece of writing needs a logical arrangement of ideas. Each kind of writing must follow a particular outline which I will post later.
- A good piece of writing needs a variety of sentence structures. It is to say you shouldn't use one or two structures all the time. You shoud use as many structures as possible.
-A good piece of writing should be as formal as possible.
* You should use formal style to write, i.e use full form not contractions (I am instead of I'm, he does not instead of he doesn't)
* Carefully choose the vocabulary. Do not use slangs, taboos, and informal idioms.
- A good piece of writing should contain ideas which are concretely supported. That is to say you should use examples, quotations and statistics from reliable sources. You should also use your personal point of view; however, it is not recommended all the time.
- A good piece of writing must have coherence. It is to say the movement from one sentence to another (or one paragraph to another) must be logical and smooth. No sudden jump is encouraged.
- A good piece of writing must have unity. It should discuss about one idea at a time. Do not discuss about something too far from its point or your writing will be digressive.
- A good piece of writing does not contain grammatical and spelling mistakes. (It is better if you write your writing on a computer as it can check these mistakes for you.)...