Research Writer Interview With Melanie
English Writing Major
Hi Melanie. What first made you interested in writing?
I've always loved school and the opportunities for learning and creating that it provided. When I was in elementary school, I spent my free time reading and writing stories. I also made jewelry, performed science experiments that I found in magazines, and designed my dream house. It wasn't until late in high school that English became my favorite subject. Both my English teacher and my Physics teacher encouraged me to go into their fields, and I realized that while the sciences came easily to me, English was fun. In college I originally thought I'd go into Communication and become a journalist, but those classes gave me fewer chances to write than I wanted, and I ended up an English Writing major.
What drives your interest in academic writing now that you are no longer in college?
There are two reasons I have maintained an interest in academic writing. First, I truly enjoy writing. Nonetheless, I find it easier to write when I have outside motivation. Until three months ago, my roommate (a former classmate) and I assigned essay topics and exchanged papers in order to make sure that the other was writing on a regular basis. Now that I no longer live with him, I'm looking for other methods of motivation. Second, I still have plans for graduate school on the back burner. I believe that if I continue to write at the high academic level I wrote at when in college, I will have less difficulty retrieving that skill and adjusting to a Master's or Ph.D. program several years in the future.
What do you think makes writing "good"?
It really depends on the subject and the type of writing. In general, I think the best writing is clear, concise, free of errors, and engaging. Clear and concise go together: basically, the point of the paper and its development are obvious to the reader, and the paper avoids confusion by making sure that each sentence contributes to the final product. As far as errors go, I personally have a difficult time reading anything full of spelling and grammatical errors-they also call the credibility of the author into question-and I have known plenty of professors who take errors into account when grading. Finally, I think good writing introduces new ideas or uses other techniques such as a strong voice to fuel the reader's interest.
How do you go about writing a successful academic paper?
Though the basic essay model, which consists of an introduction, three supporting paragraphs, and a conclusion, can become boring, it's tried-and-true. Depending on the length and scope of the paper, I follow this model to different degrees. I've also found that it works especially well with outlines. For longer papers, I create an outline to direct my research and keep me organized. In all cases, I depend on introductions and conclusions to ensure that I know why I am writing and that I've accomplished my original purpose. I also try to follow my personal rules for good custom essay writing, as I mentioned above.
How do you feel about writing academic papers for other people?
I think the ability to write is one of the most valuable skills for college students to possess. At the same time, I've always loved to write and never considered it difficult or a burden. I know that students have various talents, interests, and priorities that often precede paper writing. As such, I think it's the student's responsibility to take charge of his or her education and manage it accordingly. Since I pride myself on my writing skills and my commitment to provide a passing paper for those who choose it, I will write a great paper each and every time.
Thank you for your time. Good luck in your academic writing career!
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