Writing tip of the week

by Harriet Castor

In a piece of academic writing, you will often find that you are expressing quite complex ideas. This does not mean, however, that the writing itself needs to be complex. Clarity is hugely important – and clear writing makes you come across as more confident, too.

So, when you’re reading through a draft of your essay or dissertation, look out for long, complicated sentences. Are you absolutely sure the meaning is clear? If you suspect the answer might be no, try breaking a long sentence into two shorter sentences, or try using more straightforward words and phrases. Save the complexity for your ideas; make clarity the watchword for your writing!

For a confidential one-to-one session with me to work on your writing skills, email Harriet.Castor@uwe.ac.uk.

I’m at Frenchay on Wednesdays and St Matthias on Thursdays.


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