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Marius Qualities Of A Good Essay

Summary of Writing Drafts by Richard Marius Essay

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ENC 1101: Written Communications
September 23, 2012
My own summarization of, “Writing Drafts”, By Richard Marius This article is about Richard Marius and the processes he uses in his own writings. He expresses the importance of starting with just a list, committing yourself completely to the project at hand, writing numerous rough drafts, and many other guidelines that can contribute to the process of effective writing. A simple list is the first step to writing the first draft of anything. In the past, I was always told that writing a completely specific and organized outline was the correct way of starting a writing assignment. My last English teacher even made us turn our outlines in with our essays. According to the article, a…show more content…

Marius says, “If possible, read your rough draft just before you go to sleep. Many psychological tests have shown that our minds organize and create while we sleep if we pack them full before bedtime.” (paragraph 5) I had never heard of these studies before reading this article, but it definitely makes sense and I plan to give it a try on my next writing assignment. On the subject of writing rough drafts though, my previous teachers have almost all drilled it into my head that you must write at least two to three rough drafts. If you do not write at least one rough draft and then rewrite it as a final draft, but you only write one draft period, then in a sense, you are just turning in what should be the rough draft. Then you end up with a grade on the paper that is just that, rough. In the article, Richard Marius said that he actually wrote four drafts of his book. I thought about what he said about finding it helpful to completely retype the final draft instead of just editing it on the computer screen and I think that it is a very good idea. By, “letting all the words run through my mind and fingers one more time”, I can, initially proofread at the same time as I am generating my final draft. (Marius paragraph 12) If a sentence or a word does not seem quite right to me, that would probably be the best time to catch it and

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Five Qualities of Good Writing

What is good writing? This is not an easy question to answer. Many very different kinds of writing are considered "good" and for many different reasons. There is no formula or program for writing well. However, there are certain qualities that most examples of good writing share. The following is a brief description of five qualities of good writing: focus, development, unity, coherence, and correctness. The qualities described here are especially important for academic and expository writing.


FOCUSAn essay should have a single clear central idea. Each paragraph should have a clear main point or topic sentence.
DEVELOPMENTEach paragraph should support or expand the central idea of the paper. The idea of each paragraph should be explained and illustrated through examples, details, and descriptions.
UNITYEvery paragraph in an essay should be related to the main idea. Each paragraph should stick to its main point.
COHERENCEAn essay or paper should be organized logically, flow smoothly, and "stick" together. In other words, everything in the writing should make sense to a reader.
CORRECTNESSA paper should be written in generally correct standard English, with complete sentences, and be relatively error-free.

One additional quality, not part of this list, but nevertheless, very important, is creativity. The best writing carries some of the personality and individuality of its author. Follow the above guidelines, but always work to make your writing uniquely your own.