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University Writing Center

Advice for Writers

  1. Write about what you know.
  2. Tell the truth.
  3. Write in your own voice.
  4. Read with your ear
  5. Use specific, concrete details.
  6. Be clear and straightforward.
  7. Picture someone reading your writing and thinking about it.
  8. Have a suitable organization and be sure your reader can follow it.
  9. Write to serve, inform, persuade, and not to impress.
Updated 3.9.2010