Successful Writing

Since writing became a serious matter, the elements of Successful Writing have not changed. Good Writing is ….

• clear

• vigorous

• well organized

• tightly focused and

• adapted to its audience

Our goal in writing this section on Successful Writing is to impart the skills to our visitors. Quite simply, we want to offer our visitors clear and useful suggestions for strengthening their writing and to show them how they can develop a piece of effective writing through a process that is manageable and reliable. This section is most useful to the college students since they are in the situation to write a lot to come out of the college in success and with more writing skills to compete with the best of breed in the market.

As a college student myself in 1990s, I am aware of how writing in college has changed in the past decades. Although the standards for good writing have not changed, the kinds of writing college students do and the ways they now deliver their writing have changed a great deal. Students may be called upon to write

• A traditional college essay

• A research paper

• A web site for an assignment or organization

• Commentary on an electronic blackboard

• A contribution to a class listserv

• A response to a fellow student’s draft

• An oral Power Point presentation

• A technical report, printed or online

• Email messages to instructors, friends, and families

There are 14 chapters in this section. They are :

1. Writing in College
2. What Makes Writing Successful?
3. How Do Writers Write?
4. What Is Your Writing Situation?
5. Drafting
6. Writing Clearly
7. Holding Your Reader
8. Crafting Paragraphs
9. Revising
10. Editing
11. Considering Design
12. Writing Research Paper
13. Sending Electronic Communications
14. Giving Oral Presentations

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  • This section has been added to offer you, especially students, the help you may need for the various writing situations.

    We have tried to be guided by three principles of writing a work on Successful Writing :

  • Is the work clear?

  • It is useful?

  • It is true?

  • We have recorded our Suggestion to improve your writings in order to succeed in all aspects of your life. Our suggestions with regard to the following areas are here.

    1. The First Page of A Print Academic Paper
    2. An Academic Paper with Graphs
    3. An Academic Paper with Headings and Visuals
    4. A Plan for A Two-Page spread in A Report
    5. A Plan for An Academic Paper on The Web
    6. A Summary
    7. A Simple Presentation Slide
    8. A Simple Proposal
    9. An Application Letter
    10. An Email Application Letter
    11. A Print Resume
    12. A Scannable Email Resume
    13. A Newsletter
    14. A Simple Brochure
    15. A Poster
    16. A Flyer
    17. A Program
    18. An Agenda
    19. A Press Release

    We hope that you will find this section meets your expectations and standards.

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