Research Writer Interview With Andrew
Academic Research Is Fun
What do you enjoy about academic writing?
I started out enjoying science and wanting to be a scientist in grade school. Eventually I enjoyed learning about nearly anything, and wanted to be (specifically) a scientific researcher. A still possibly attainable goal in the distant future, the next best thing for me is getting paid to research and write on a variety of topics (!) I seriously love academic writing.
Have you always enjoyed writing in general?
For the most part I have enjoyed writing throughout life. I wrote a short medieval 'trilogy' in 5th grade that my teacher let me read out loud to the class. Each 'book' was about 5 pages and I'd talk to the kids about dedications when they were published. It was pretty funny. When I was around 12 years old I was making stories for adventure games I was programming in Turbo Pascal. I enjoyed writing outside fiction in high school when I first got into journalism for the school paper. I continued that in college, and was granted the opportunity to do independent research papers with a couple of professors. I had upper-level classes waived from that while each paper got an "A" grade on top of that. After graduating I was introduced to academic writing, which to me is about as fun as being paid to watch documentaries.
What do you think is necessary for a good research paper?
I'd say the basics are structure, clarity, and sophistication. Great resources and critical analysis go a long way. Genuine interest has always helped me. Once someone has read and written as much as I have, they can start to develop a sense for the tone that is desired for certain kinds of papers or articles. Being able to create that while meeting all the project requirements naturally guarantees success.
What's your strategy for creating a quality paper, whether you are familiar with the topic, or aren't familiar?
If I'm familiar with the topic, I already know where to find sources and usually by the time I can gather those the thesis and conclusion already fall into place in my head. Then it's just a matter of organizing everything and typing it out. If I'm not familiar with the topic, I research it in online libraries and databases until it makes sense to me. I take it from the horse's mouth and use that to meet the project requirements. With that approach in combination with my writing experience, I've been able to help many people earn degrees through the graduate level with only a BS degree personally.
What topics have you become most familiar with?
Quite a few... hopefully I can name them all. I've helped one student all but complete a criminal justice degree, I've written countless psychology papers, all sciences, advanced math, economics, project management, education, nursing and medical, literature, financial, social development, marketing, business administration, computers and technology, entertainment... and more I'm sure. I've written lengthy thesis papers and dissertations and the graduate level (PhD in some cases) in economics, marketing, nationalization, medicine, management, and finance. I've been able to successfully complete every conceptual topic. Even when numbers are involved I'm generally not intimated because of the math education I've had through a physics program. There really isn't much that I can't do in this area, thanks to online databases and knowing what professors are looking for.
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