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"Do not put statements in the negative form.
And don't start sentences with a conjunction.
If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a
great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.
Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do.
Unqualified superlatives are the worst of all.
Last, but not least, avoid cliches like the plague."
-William Safire, "Great Rules of Writing"
Common Compostion Mistakes and Solutions
These helpful links are from the OWL at Purdue University's Writing Center
Although the specific structure of an essay varies depending on the subject, many forms of academic writing possess similarities at a basic level. There are typically three fundamental parts to an essay:
2. Body Paragraphs
Other Typical Components include:
4. Thesis Statement (typically the last sentence of the introductory paragraph)
5. Counter-Argument (addresses potential criticisms of your main point)
All of these critical essay elements are discussed in more detail by the resources provided in the "helpful links" section on this page.
Composing an Essay Instructional Video
This Purdue OWL link discusses the elements of an effective paragraph through explanations and examples. It is perfect for anyone struggling with paragraph organization.
Effective Quote Integration
This link from the Washington University Writing Center discusses the proper way to use quotations in a paper. The explanation uses analogies, visual representations, and exercises.
Word Order for Quotations
This site offers suggestions for adding variety, and thus increasing the quality, of quote introductions. It provides alternatives for words such as "said" and "told," and explains ways to change up the sentence format.