1. Be an Advanced ReaderReading improves the level of your perception, so you can write about more complicated things in a better manner. So, use the books as a food for your brain to write as a professional.
2. Proofread it Before Send itProofreading may reveal a lot of mistakes. Do it every time you’re about to send your essay.
3. Redact it and then Send itSpend an extra minute and get rid of all red underlines in your essay.
4. Shorten ItUse as many words as required. Creative commons are valued only at the English class. Also, don’t be repetitive, use synonyms.
5. Size Does MatterParagraphs shouldn’t be huge and over-informative to catch readers’ attention. Often, it’s better to make up 2-3 sentences in it, just to keep ‘air’ inside your essay. Moreover, small chunks have more chances to be read till the end. (That’s why newspaper use small paragraphs)
6. Stick to the Chosen Grammar StyleI have studied journalism, and I have noticed that in most cases AP Style is used. So, the things below are good to remember:
- ALWAYS put commas and periods INSIDE the end of the quotation marks.
- NO serial commas: Ford, Audi and Volkswagen—instead of Ford, Audi, and Volkswagen.
- % is for charts only. Spell the whole “percent.”
- Numbers up to nine should be spelt out. Further – as numerals. Except for the beginning of a sentence, where we use numerals. For instance, “Eleven years later…” Not “11 years later…” (Except Headlines and Titles)
- Years always numerals.
- Use “more than,” instead of “over” with numbers.
7. She instead of HeDue to modern etiquette, it’s more appropriate to use “she” instead of “he” in order to use neutral gender pronoun.
8. Define the PronounIf you chose the pronoun “you,” stick to it. Mixing it with “we,” “I” etc. is a logical mistake.
9. The Same with the Verb TensesKeep the same tense throughout your essay.
10. Only Reliable ResourcesAsk yourself a few questions:
Is it an updated source? Who wrote it and what are the purposes?
What is the source of information? Do people trust this site?
Is the information true?