writing advice

Mr. Jung’s Rules for Writing Like A Human Being Who Writes Well

Hardest Parts of the Paper

Introductions

•Should be written after you write your paper.

▾Catch reader’s attention

•“Don’t suck.” -Mr. Berry

▾Start with a quote from the literature you are working with.

•Finding quotes from other authority figures can be problematic.

•Explicitly show the thesis/claim of your paper

•Give a preview of what your paper will contain

▾ Conclusions

•Copy and paste your introduction into your conclusion.

▾Answer this question: “So what?”

•Talk about why your ideas are important or people should care.

•The conclusion can be demonstrating the importance of your argument.

▾Synthesize, don’t summarize

•show how everything fits together, don’t just repeat what you’ve done.

General Rules

  1. Avoid overuse of pronouns.

Sentences like, “They said that they were going to hang out with them,” gives Mr. Jung heart palpitations.

  1. Beware of overusing ‘it,’ ‘thing,’ ‘is/has/was,’ ‘seems.’

“‘Is’ is awful,” is not as effective of a sentence as, “’Is’ ruins lives.”

  1. Avoid repetition of verbs.

“The Wife of Bath says,” can be fine, but did you know that the Wife of Bath can also explain, exclaim, joke, elaborate, and state? And that there exists something called a “Thesaurus”?

  1. Read your paper out loud while editing.

If you’re having trouble reading your paper out loud, and you feel that your sentences are too long or convoluted or simply do not work, your sentences might suffer from overwrought writing. However, this might not be the case – writing and speaking are different in how they might sound, and keeping an academic tone could perhaps sound strange.

  1. Let your paper breathe if you cannot peer review.

There’s no shame in having other people check and review your writing; I encourage you to always do this. If you do not have someone to review your writing, I recommend taking a break before reviewing your work. Giving your writing some breathing room can be helpful.