Writing Tips

Everyone likes tips and tricks that can magically make our lives easier. So, we’ve separated in this article several valuable tips for you to write a good essay and do well in the college entrance examination, the contests. These are tips that really work and really interest you. Enjoy it!

Tip 1 – The plague of Common Sense and the lack of Originality

No need to have fancy ideas to be original. For you to write with originality just avoid the so-called common sense. Common sense is the set of arguments formed by those ready-made and universal ideas, of the “Mary goes with the others” type and that is bad for the writing.

A typical example is the Miracle Government Syndrome. Who has this syndrome thinks that all the problems of Brazil are the fault of the Government and only he is able to solve them. If the theme is “health”, this situation can only be resolved by Government investment. If the theme is “bad infrastructure,” this problem is caused solely by the Government and can only be solved by it. And once again we have just written an essay packed with common-sense ideas, blaming the Government for all the country’s problems and giving it a “miracle” feature. However, we must not forget that there are other important actors on the national scene, such as private initiative and society itself.

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Tip 2 – Textual Coherence and “Snowball”

A typical problem of Textual Coherence is the Snowball effect. This problem occurs when one subject is pulling another, and in the end you end up ending your paragraph differently than you did. When we write an argumentative text we must maintain a linearity of reasoning, without losing focus or speaking the same thing with other words. So when we compromise this linear reasoning we run a greater risk of writing inconsistencies and even running away from the topic. Learn more about textual coherence by clicking here.

Then you ask, “how can I maintain linear reasoning”? I answer: observe the paragrafation.

Tip 3 – Know how to do (actually) each type of paragraph

Your text consists of three types of paragraphs: introduction, development, and conclusion. Making good paragrafation means building your paragraphs properly, and for that you need to know the characteristics of each paragraph. In this way, you will be able to organize better, to maintain the focus and the linear reasoning, developing your arguments more clearly and organized with beginning, middle and end. A typical mistake is, for example, to use the completion paragraph to add one more argument and develop it.

Tip 4 – The plague of Clichê

Just as common sense is formed by worn-out ideas (things everyone says), cliches are worn-out and inappropriate expressions for your text that should be avoided at all costs. There is nothing as bad as starting your essay from the earliest days of mankind, or writing such expressions at the bottom of the well, pleasing Greeks and Trojans, double-edged sword, etc. All these expressions are some examples of clichés . See more clichés by clicking here.

Tip 5 – Textual Cohesion

One very important drafting aspect is Textual Cohesion. Writing with a lack of cohesion is a poorly written text: there is no exception.

Cohesion is nothing more than the way in which his text was “sewn”, that is: written. There are two basic symptoms of lack of cohesion that appear in your text: fragmented paragraphs (with many simple periods) or paragraphs with too long periods (ie: you start reading and it takes time to find a final point). To do so, you must use the connectives, a role well played by the conjunctions (therefore, therefore, in this way, in front of this, although, in spite of, etc.)

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Quick Tips

* Begin your essay with writing. After all, if you lack time, it’s better to kick objective issues than to kick the essay (theory tested and proven … in the worst possible way).

* Beautiful letter is one thing and readable letter is something else. See some calligraphy tips by clicking here.

* The first thing you should do is to understand the theme well. See an example of how you can have problems with this by clicking here.

* Use the same spacing between words. Also use the same word size. Do not shorten their size so you can write in a line, or lengthen them to gain a line. If you do not know if a certain word will fit in a space, take a test: Write the word in pencil first.

Be simple and objective. Avoid complicated words. The person who writes well can convey many ideas in a few simple words.

* Be impersonal. Instead of saying “we need to review our concepts,” say “people need to revise their concepts.” Do not use “I” or “we”.

* Avoid vague or indefinite ideas or expressions, such as “everyone”, “everyone”, “someone”, “some”, etc …

Writing in Enem

The writing proof of the Enem has its own characteristics. You must write a text (argumentative-dissertative) of up to 30 lines that is capable of problematizing the proposed theme, and in the end, you must make an Intervention Proposal. Your essay will be evaluated according to the five competencies you must develop during your writing. See more about it by clicking here.

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