DOs AND DON'Ts FOR WRITING
• No contractions (shouldn't = should not, won't = will not)
• No first or second person (I, me = first and you, our = second)
Detach yourself from the writing and the reader!
• Do not use “dead”, empty words (for example, thing, stuff, good, very…).
• Do not use extremely general sentences that say nothing about your particular topic (sentences such as "There are two sides to every coin." "Everything has its drawbacks." "Nothing is perfect." etc).
• USE OF VOCABULARY: Do not just use the simplest expressions that come to mind first, and avoid repeating the same words if you can.
When you finish:
1. Check your spelling.
2. Check your grammar.
3. Read your composition again.
4. Make sure each sentence has a subject.
5. Make sure your subjects and verbs agree with each other.
6. Check the verb tenses of each sentence.
7. Make sure that each sentence makes sense.
8. Style and Organization:
1. Make sure your essay has an introduction, supporting paragraphs, and a summary paragraph.
2. Check that You have a thesis statement that identifies the main idea of the essay.
3. Check that all your paragraphs follow the proper paragraph format.
4. See if your essay is interesting.