How about rocking the newsroom and earning the long-awaited top score? This seems like an impossible mission for most students, but with a little effort, dedication and a lot, but a lot of reading, it is possible to do well in writing and thus win that long-dreamed job or that vacancy in college that you always dreamed of studying. If your intention is to reach the notorious 1,000 mark in the essay of the National High School Exam, Enem, then it’s time to start your studies and check out the infallible tips that the Escola Educação website has prepared for you!
The time to write does not have to be a torturous, painful moment, a real via-crucis. Unfortunately it is not always easy to organize ideas on paper, a task that leaves many students and writers extremely frustrated, capable of giving up on the first attempt. The fact is that not everyone has language skills, the famous gift for writing; it seems that few of us have been awarded this competence, which does not prevent the less skilled from becoming authors. Just associate reading with some writing techniques, techniques that require training, as writing is an exercise that must be practiced constantly, in order for excellence to be achieved.
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Well, enough talk, let’s go to action. We at Escola Educação website have prepared ten sure-fire writing tips for you to consult whenever you need to. The tips that we will provide here will certainly make your life easier in the next textual productions; tips that, if used well, can be a real “hand on the wheel” for those who want and for those who need to improve their writing. We hope you enjoy them and have a good reading and of course, have a good study!
Ten tips for good writing
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- The title
- Time to abolish “internetese”
- Beware of abbreviations
- Buzzwords, clichés and commonplaces should stay away from your text
- Please, avoid linguistic scrutiny, which denounces certain, say, narcissism on the part of those who write
- Avoid slang
- Avoid foreignness
- Slang terms? No way!
- Down with the generalizations!
- Passive voice should be avoided
- Extra Tip
This is an issue that leaves many students and candidates confused. The first tip is: never create a title before you have finished writing. Better to leave it to the end, since a lot of water can flow between the beginning and the end of the textual production. Throughout the exercise of writing, ideas and arguments arise, and others change, so when you finish writing, reread your essay and only then create a title (preferably short and nominal) for the text.
2. Time to abolish “internetese”
This is a mistake that has been increasingly made by students and candidates. The frequency of the slip is closely related to the communication established in the virtual environments. Due to the dynamism that this communication requires, it is normal for us to use abbreviations, acronyms and other reductions to facilitate writing, however, when writing an essay for the school or for some competition, it is worth paying attention to prevent the language of the internet does not contaminate your textual production. Always remember the principle of linguistic adequacy, that is, for each situation of use of the language there is a more pertinent way to express ourselves.
3. Beware of abbreviations
Going back a little bit to the last topic, when we talked about the overuse of reductions: no matter how hurried you are, nothing justifies the overuse of abbreviations. Remember that they should only be used when they are essential and, of course, always check the standardized abbreviations. To avoid mistakes, prefer the word in full, an option that will certainly privilege textual clarity, after all, when we write, we write to be understood, otherwise, the primary function of language, which is communication, will be compromised.
4. Buzzwords, clichés and commonplaces should stay away from your text
There is nothing that compromises the originality of a text more than the exaggerated use of buzzwords, clichés and commonplaces. When we resort to these resources, also known as “linguistic crutches”, we take the risk of losing our authenticity, delivering to the reader and also to the broker a text that looks like “produced in series”. If you don’t want your text to look pre-made, escape common sense, a mistake inherent in buzzwords.
5. Please, avoid linguistic scrutiny, which denounces certain, say, narcissism on the part of those who write
Is your vocabulary enviable? This is great, but when it comes to writing, remember that not everyone spent hours and hours devouring the dictionary or reading books from the early 19th century. Archaisms are real obstacles to reading a text and impair the understanding of the message. Avoid them! Better: Eliminate them!
6. Avoid slang
In literary texts they are welcome, but in non-literary texts, if they do not have a well-defined purpose, please leave them only in the colloquial language, register of the language we use in moments of relaxation, with friends, colleagues and relatives. Remember that a dissertation and an argumentative letter, text types most requested in competitions and entrance exams, require adaptation to the cultured norm of the language, a competence previously requested in the notices and inherent to the opinion texts.
7. Avoid foreignness
We are not one of those who think that foreign languages are real threats to the sovereignty of the Portuguese language, nor do we think that English at any time will be adopted as an official language, but we are of the opinion that abusing language loans is an absolutely dispensable behavior. It is true that some terms of the English language and other languages do not yet have equivalents in the Portuguese language (especially those related to the area of information technology), but whenever possible, use words from our lexicon. Remember that foreign words can compromise the textual clarity of your writing, since not all readers are prepared to understand words from other languages infiltrated in your composition.
8. Slang terms? No way!
Believe me: many people resort to this resource to show indignation at a certain topic, but frankly, however exalted you are, never use inelegant words. Listen to the voice of your conscience, remember the scolds you heard from your mother every time a curse escaped your mouth. Always be polite, polite, elegant and leave these terms, say, radical, only for situations of informal use of the language. Varnish your words! Common sense thanks!
9. Down with the generalizations!
Everyone should hate generalizations, there is nothing more that denounces the lack of knowledge and the inability to reflect on a certain subject. To generalize means to put everyone and everything in the same basket. Okay, science only exists on the basis of generalizations, that from systematic observations generalizations and everything else must result, but nothing worse than an impertinent generalization. Remember: any unfounded generalization is stupid. Eliminate them from your text, show that you are able to formulate your own ideas and arguments.
10. Passive voice should be avoided
The passive voice is one in which the subject suffers action and usually appears in a text when the author’s intention is to impersonalize the agent, that is, to indeterminate the subject. The active voice is more direct, objective, specific and easy to understand. It makes the syntactic construction shorter and avoids ambiguities;
· Extra Tip
Do you know that letter that seems like an unknown quantity? Well, nobody likes to get an essay to decipher, much less a broker who has a stack of them to read and correct. Capricorn in the letter! This does not mean that you must present an impeccable handwriting, but a little care when writing does not hurt, does it? Remember your handwriting book, reactivate the memories of elementary school and show that you are able to present a cursive, or form, legible letter. Certainly the reader will find it easier to understand his ideas and arguments, instead of giving up his text in the first paragraph because of an indecipherable letter.