Basic Writing Skills

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RUNNING HEAD: BASIC WRITING SKILLS – FINAL BASIC WRITING SKILLS – FINAL LUCINDA L. DURDEN, RMA ENGLISH COMPOSITION I PROFESSOR S. SMITH JANUARY 31, 2009 Abstract As one with any prior writing experience would know, there are certain writing skills that help to make your paper more legible and make it “come to life.” These basic writing skills included Grammar, Focus/Thesis, Spelling, Organization, Sentence Structure, and Development/Support. Therefore, within this paper I will go more in depth with what each meaning represents. I will also explain how these basic writing skills could and would help better any piece of written work. Then, I will elucidate why I feel these writing skills are important. Basic Writing Skills – Final Supportively, within your final document you should have all of the following basic writing skills. For instance, the thesis/focus is a statement that explains what your essay would be about and it should be easily recognizable in order for your audience to determine where you are going with your writing. When I say that, I mean that it should be strongly worded, impossible to miss, and in shorter essays of a few pages, it should show up in the first paragraph or introduction of your paper (Christensen, 2009). Most essays live or die by the strength of their thesis statements, and by their ability to keep focused on their thesis (Christensen, 2009). Simply put, if you have not clearly indicated your focus or your argument, it will be difficult to stay focused on the issue you plan to discuss, argue or explain (Christensen, 2009). Following this, your paper should include development/support. This skill is to provide details to explain the topic of your work, such as reasons, facts, and/or examples. Do not just assert something is true; prove it (Purdue University Online Writing Lab, 2004). What facts, figures, examples, tests, etc. prove your point (Purdue University Online Writing Lab, 2004)? In Addition, your work should also...
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