“Use definite, specific, concrete language. Omit needless words.” says William Strunk Jr. In his extraordinary 71-page book Elements of Style (New York: Macmillan, 1959), he follows his own advice as he steers writers around potential grammatical potholes. And Strunk’s rules – simple directives with examples to illustrate what works and why – apply to research papers, essays, short stories, novels, nonfiction works, business communications, and every other kind of writing. Read more
Much research is geared to people and events which happened at a particular moment in time, whether five minutes or thousands of years ago. NoodleTools.com – which “provides software that teaches students and supports teachers and librarians throughout the research process” – identifies these search tools to use when timeliness of information is important: Read more
According to Edward P. Bailey, the writing process you learned probably looks like this:
Think hard, write an outline.
Follow your outline, write quickly without worrying about revisions.
Make sure you followed your outline, fix any errors.