• Avoid contractions (can’t, won’t, etc) unless in a quotation.
    • Don’t use slang or common words (thing, stuff, etc), unless in a quotation.
    • Write only in third person.  Don’t use “you” or “I.”
    • Underline the title of major works (novels, plays); use quotation marks for shorter works that can be published in an anthology (short stories, poems).
    • Use sentence variety (simple, compound, complex).
    • Use specific, vivid, and detailed incidents and examples to support your arguments.
    • Use transitions/coherence links to introduce ideas (first, second, furthermore, in addition, finally, in conclusion, however)
    • Fix all comma splice errors, run-ons, and sentence fragments.
    • When typing, run spell check, but remember that it won’t catch the wrong use of words (hear/here).
    • Write in all present tense. Books never “end” – they continue on for a new reader.
    • Make sure all paragraphs are indented a half an inch.
    • Do not use “get” or “got.”  Use stronger verbs!
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William Anderson (Schoolworkhelper Editorial Team)
William completed his Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in 2013. He current serves as a lecturer, tutor and freelance writer. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, walking his dog and parasailing. Article last reviewed: 2022 | St. Rosemary Institution © 2010-2024 | Creative Commons 4.0

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