8 Steps for Students to Creative and Winning Academic Writing

May 13, 2017 by richard-nolan

1. Write every day

The more often you write, the easier it seems – but this isn’t the only benefit of a regular writing. When you start your workday with writing for a couple of hours and do it regularly, you save yourself from the potential deadlines and make the whole process look and feel much easier. Just compare writing a couple of pages a day for the next few months with spending a week or two writing for days and panicking because you might miss a deadline.
Moreover, when you develop a writing routine, you turn this writing process into a habit – and once it becomes a habit, it feels much easier and less scary.

2. Keep your audience in mind

Just like any other type of writing, academic one is designed for a specific audience. This means that the people who are going to read your writing already know a lot about the niche you choose as well as about the basics of a chosen topic. Therefore, there’s no need for you to explain every single detail: focus on more important things instead.

3. Don’t forget that your audience still might not know everything

While your audience is definitely well-informed, it is still important to remember that they might not be as informed as you think. The basics are one thing, but when you are digging deeper in your academic research and writing about something more specific, be careful and explain the concepts that your audience might not be so familiar with.

4. Choose the best tools

All you need to write a paper is a laptop, a text editor, and sometimes a printer. However, if you want to write more comfortably, you might need more than just that. Choose the text editor that seems the most convenient and easy to use, choose a laptop or a tablet that works flawlessly, and be sure to keep everything else you might need during the whole writing process close. If academic writing is your career, you might even consider creating a home office with a comfortable chair, a nice printer, and a quick Wi-Fi. Such details actually make the writing process quicker and more pleasant.

5. Always support your arguments

Academic writing is all about offering valuable and reliable information to your audience. That’s why if you use arguments in your writing, you have to make sure that they come from credible sources and are supported by real facts. You also have to make sure that you deliver such facts to your audience well enough.

6. Start early

It’s not only about meeting the deadline – it’s also about having time to polish your writing, making it as clear and nice as you can. The more time you invest in writing and research process, the better the result will be – and so you have to start as early as possible to make sure that you will have time to do it at a comfortable pace.

7. Focus on writing

Even if writing is your main task, you probably have a lot of other tasks to complete. Keeping them all in mind can be hard, as well as trying to multitask: this could affect the result badly, making it much less effective. That’s why it’s so important to schedule your writing and to do your best to focus on it during the scheduled time. If you still find it hard to avoid distractions, try writing early in the morning or late in the evening when there are much fewer people around that can distract you.

8. Edit

You have to edit a lot in order to make your writing polished and professional. The best way to do so is to put your writing away for a while once it’s finished and then return to it. You can also read your writing aloud to get a better understanding how does it sound like.

Remember that when it comes to academic writing, it’s important to not only pay attention to the structure, eliminate excessive words, and so on, but also to check the facts and formatting to make sure that you won’t miss something.

These tips might seem like a lot to remember, but they are actually not as complex as they look. You will be able to master them quickly and maybe even come up with your own tips that ease the writing process for you. And if you already have some, you can share them with us in the comment section below!