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Effective writing

To be effective as a writer, you need to write in a way that helps your readers to move through your writing and follow your line of thought with ease. They should not have to try to work out for themselves what you are writing about, what your arguments are and how you are supporting them.

To do this, you need to use a range of organisational and language strategies which help the readers to:

  1. identify the position you are taking.
  2. predict how your arguments are going to unfold.
  3. see logical relationships between the different arguments and pieces of evidence present in the body of your essay.
  4. see how each argument relates to the overall position you have taken.

If you use these strategies well, your readers will never be confused about ‘where your writing is going’. It does not matter whether they agree with your arguments or not – they will still see your writing as logical, well presented and cohesively argued.