What Great Writing Looks Like

Posted: January 13, 2014 in Pedagogy, Writing Advice, Writing Center

Your topic should be narrowed to meet the interest and expectations of a single audience. Your first paragraph contains a thesis/main point that demonstrates you are thinking critically. Your thesis/main point should be clear and specific, but doesn’t make the reader say, “So what?” Structure for your argument should be shaped by support that is contextualized. Make sure to explain why your evidence relates back to your thesis. Your support should build credence to your authority as a writer. Write what you mean to say–even if saying it requires multiple drafts and revisions. This effort will develop your memorable individual voice. Developing ideas over a course of several readings will create a completed design that offers a package for the reader to open up. Inside the package is form, structure, order, focus, and coherence. Clarity is the bow on top, which provides a sparkly incitement to begin unwrapping the many layers of meaning within the text.

For an example of what great writing looks like, read Arthur Miller’s Tragedy and the Common Man.

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