Whether you’re studying computer science or going to nursing school, writing is guaranteed to be part of your college curriculum. And because writing is such a universal requirement, every student ends up having his or her own unique approach to the craft based on major, interests, and style.
So do you know what your writing style is? If you don’t, take a look at these common approaches to find out. And if you do, find out how your writing style may be helping or hurting you so that your next work can be your best.
You’re technical, calculated, and maybe not even a writer by choice. But if there’s one thing you can do, it’s research. And that’s where your writing starts. Researching, citing works, and browsing what others are saying can all be enormous tools for effective, evidence-supported writing. If you’re a researcher, however, be careful not to let your facts do all of your writing. Some ways to prevent this are to annotate your works cited page with small summaries of each source, and to intersperse your own analysis between your facts when writing.
Unlike those who must stare at a blank page for hours before they can get started writing, you get at the essence of writing by letting your words go. This ability is rare and envied by almost all writers, so never stop doing it. Do make sure, however, to pause now and then to update your outline and make sure that your essay is following a logical structure with an intro, clear supporting paragraphs, and a conclusion.
You’re organized in everything you do, and that goes the same for writing. Planners are excellent outliners. They often consult their class notes for ideas, and have no trouble sticking to the script throughout the writing process. The one thing to be wary of when you’re a strong planner is that you’re not afraid to let your thesis change as you write. Oftentimes your true message doesn’t become clear to yourself until you’ve turned your outline into a rough draft.
You relish the opportunity to write as a chance to show off your ideas and thought processes to professors and peers. When you’re truly passionate about a subject, not much can go wrong. But it is important that the opinionated remain professional in their writing even when you do feel strongly about a topic. Stay away from personal pronouns like “I” or “you” and always consider addressing a counter-argument when you find your opinion to be something you’re very passionate about.
The deadline is your best friend, and your worst enemy: it hangs over you every day, but without it you probably would never finish your paper. While procrastinators often are good at writing under pressure, there’s no way around the fact that good writing always requires good editing. When you write, leave ample time to get your work edited by someone else so you can spend time perfecting your essay.