August 22 2010

Three back-to-school writing tips

by Barbie in Writing

After a semester away from the books, you might be wary to jump back into writing. If you’re feeling a little rusty, then take time now, at the beginning of the semester, to freshen your writing skills.

Here are a few tips:

Read.

Pull up your papers from last semester, and read through them. Look at your professor’s or editor’s comments. Note your weaknesses, and strive to break your bad writing habits early this semester. Reading last semester’s work will remind you what writing strategies worked and which ones didn’t.

Write informally.

Before you jump into academic papers, write informally. If you have a blog, write a post or two. Work on your poetry. Compose an e-mail to a friend you haven’t spoken to lately. Spark your creativity by writing about things you like. Small projects like these will get your creative juices flowing and make your academic writing easier.

Draft.

Your first papers of this semester will be your most difficult. You are out of the writing habit, and you might have forgotten what prewriting strategies worked for you. Compose multiple drafts of your first assignments, whether they are one-page reflections or 20-page research papers. Focus on revising to improve your writing skills and the quality of your early assignments.