Good writing skills are vital for good communication. No matter what we write, our message should be clear and concise. How do we achieve this? The answer is, mainly, by much practise, advanced grammar knowledge and mastery of complex vocabulary and structures. Writing skills also go hand in hand with critical thinking skills and developing one will enhance the other!
Roughly, critical thinking implies approaching a matter by multiple perspectives. Applied in writing, such skills lead to the creation of original content, rather than just reporting common knowledge.
Here are a few tips if you want to approach writing from the perspective of critical thinking:
- Question! Questions help you identify the ‘specifics’ of a topic and prevent you from being too vague.
- Research! Nobody can write about something they are totally unfamiliar with, so familiarize yourself with the subject.
- Analyse! Find flaws and connections between the ideas others have issued on the topic you are researching. Come up with your own deductions and ideas.
- Assess! What is your approach? What ideas, out of everything you have found out, will you include in your paper? Think it all through and adapt it to the format and word-limit, if you are given any.
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