This will definitely help me to do that. You made my day, Matthew. Happy writing, and thank you for stopping by. You make it sound so simple and attainable. Somehow writing is both simple and hard.
Take it easy on your writing journey. Good writing is definitely attainable as long as we learn step by step. Lovely tips for working around fluff. Fluff is definitely a problem that, unfortunately, muddies much of the work I do. I am just starting to write a blog and this sort of information ensures I will not write a boring piece. You mentioned a concern about putting too much substance is this article. A small suggestion from Backlinko — in longer articles, a table of contents with clickable links helps both with navigation and understanding the overall structure.
Yes, I can see a PDF would be useful. Maybe I should …. This is a really amazing post for every writer out there. Indeed, the points mention are the big reasons for weak writing. It actually helps me a lot in identifying my style of writing. Thank You, Henneke, for sharing it with us. And yes, I liked the graphics with every point. While I believe that I suffer from all of these, the hardest for me to identify is whether I am boring my readers or not.
I tend to be able to entertain myself in my writing as I mostly write about myself! I like the idea that you can be your own writing teacher. With a little bit of time, hard work and focus we can all take away so much from this wonderfully insightful article. Thank you for sharing your expertise! Salute to your idea.. I can see my writing weaknesses vividly now.
I try to re-read your every post until I grasp fully. Follow proven templates for specific writing tasks, practice your skills, and get professional feedback so you become a confident business writer. Take on any writing project with gusto. Learn more about books and courses. I never saw myself as a writer, but in my early forties, I learned how to write and discovered the joy of writing. Learn how I can help you.
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There was an error submitting your subscription. Comments Hi Henneke, What an insightful post. Hi Henneke, brilliant article. You give so much. Hi Henneke, Before this landed in my inbox, I had been swirling in my pits of misery and doom, thinking why I ever thought I could write.
Thank you so much for your compliment, Wojtek. And thank you for being you, and for being such a loyal reader and commenter.
Thank you for your encouragement, Cathy! Reading this makes me happy. May God bless you. Hey Henneke, Great post, as always. And thanks for all the advice. Hey Henneke, Boredom is a big weakness!
Just like readers, writers do become bored with a strict pattern. Everyone can lose their mojo, and it can be hard work to get it back.
Thank you for stopping buy again, Jane. Henneke, While I always look forward to your emails, I believe that this one is my favorite. Don't write "off" this subject; don't include sentences that do not support or elaborate on this main idea. For instance, if your thesis statement for an expository "process" paper is "Making a set of bookshelves requires precise skills," don't include sentences describing your favorite author or the kinds of books you plan to place in the bookshelves.
If your thesis statement for a descriptive paper is "My room is a place of refuge," don't include more than incidental references to the other parts of the house or to your neighborhood.
A narrative sometimes seems particularly difficult to contain within the confines of a thesis statement. Consider, for example, a narrative paper about the biggest fish you ever caught. Remember that what you have promised to tell your reader is about catching the biggest fish ever; every sentence and paragraph should relate to this.
Failing to anticipate objections Especially for an argumentative or persuasive paper, you must acknowledge and attempt to overcome objections to your thesis. For example, consider the following thesis statement: Western civilization represents the core culture of American students; to be successful in this culture, they must understand it. The study of Western culture should be required in addition to Asian, African, or other cultures, in order to foster understanding of the modern global community.
Objections like these can be merely acknowledged-"Although some people insist that all students in American should study Western culture Decide whether your topic—or the objection itself—is strong enough to warrant detailed discussion of opposing viewpoints.
An inadequate conclusion Usually, student writers should write a concluding paragraph that summarizes the topic sentence in words different from those used earlier and restates the thesis again, in different words. The conclusion should include the most important idea from your paper, the one you most want readers to remember.
Some papers may differ; the conclusion to a narrative essay, for example, may not follow this pattern. My room is one of the quietest, most beautiful, and most spacious rooms I have seen.
Within the confines of my room, I can work, I can think, I can rest. It is, indeed, a place of refuge in a noisy, crowded, and often ugly world. An effective conclusion "returns" to the material in the introduction—the imagery, metaphor, or analogy found there, for instance.
A satisfying conclusion may also contain one last anecdote to illustrate the thesis. Choose a technique that seems appropriate to your subject matter and the tone of your paper. Although beginners should stick to the techniques outlined above, experienced writers often do one more thing-they draw a conclusion beyond the points already made. I would not be where I am today if I had not been forced to view my life in an honest manner. Alcohol almost killed me many times, and I am still only one drink away from a life of hell.
I have been sober for almost two years, and I have never felt happier or more serene. With God's grace, I will stay sober today.
Tomorrow will take care of itself. While not introducing new material, this kind of conclusion both summarizes and points out more far-reaching consequences, gives a warning, or offers an alternative suggested by or based on the ideas already put forth.
Minor Weaknesses In addition to the major weaknesses above, minor errors can diminish the apparent strength of your argument and result in a paper that is merely adequate.
After correcting major problems, check for some of the errors below:. How to Structure An Essay: Avoiding Six Weaknesses In Papers. Identifying six major weaknesses Six major weaknesses can doom your paper to mediocrity or worse: Here they are, in no particular order:. However, others probably reflect that I mainly write non-fiction, and still others are undoubtedly idiosyncratic. Still, I offer them for whatever they might be worth. They are not the formula for success of a kind , but I hope they might be interesting as one formula for success.
Found my way back here again. One of your strengths conflicts with what you listed one of your weaknesses. Avoiding weasel words might nonetheless be a good idea as a purely mechanical thing, but I say not at the cost of speaking dishonestly. For that matter, an awareness of structure and using too many transitions are in conflict, too. Two sides of the coin, as it were. As one trained, in part, in the legal profession, it has long been my observation that one can move mountains with but a few weasels.
I know this is an older post, but if this comment makes it to the writer of this post, I just wanted to let you know that i found your information really helpful. I just started going to college after many years out of school.
My Strengths and Weaknesses in Writing In this paper, I am to write about my strengths and weaknesses in writing. This is not an easy task for me because I have never considered myself a writer.
Sep 10, · A strength in writing is a good vocabulary. Also people should bearticulate when writing. Some weaknesses are bad spelling,incorrect grammar, abrupt end and being too wordy.
TIP Sheet HOW TO STRUCTURE AN ESSAY: AVOIDING SIX MAJOR WEAKNESSES IN PAPERS. Writing a paper is a lot like painting your house: the bulk of the work is in the preparation–scraping, sanding, cleaning, applying primer. Having had over professional sales in the last seven or eight years, I am starting to call myself a writer without feeling like a fraud. To help me make decisions about what other kinds of writing I want to try, I have drawn up a list of my strengths and weaknesses as a writer.
Jul 03, · Writing isn't easy. People seem to think that writing is something that's inborn. I'd hate to tell you this, but writing takes time to develop. Sure some people look like naturals when it comes to writing. However, even the writer who is gifted or talented has strengths and weaknesses. No writer is born perfect. It's. The article refers to a topic of weaknesses in writing. Several examples are demonstrated, and tips are given to the authors.