In groups, tear apart the following as a publication quality exposition from a research journal editor to an article author. List as many items as possible in your critique: You know that thing you wrote? Sorry but they thought its awful. But hey; you did the best you could. Anyways your out of luck - no publication in my journal. Adapted from

Adapted from Marc H. Raibert:

Good Writing is Bad Writing That Was Rewritten

Almost all good writing starts out bad. Rather than leave it bad, the good writer rewrites and refines it until it is good, or even very good. This process may take several passes over the same words, sentences, and paragraphs.

My formula for good writing is simple: once you decide that you want to produce good writing then all that remains is to write badly, and to revise the writing until it is good.

  • Write up research
  • Revise to a publication quality exposition
  • Continue revising with help from others [peer review, writing center in library, me]

    Active voice and logical matching of subject and verb [The author states (not the book); avoid using words like get, thing... - they are often empty filler words]
    Do not use contractions [will not instead of won't] or misuse apostrophe's [sic]

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