22 Essay Writing Tips in 140 Characters or Fewer

In an age where communication in the simplest form is all the rage, you can learn a lot from Twitter.

Being able to write an engaging sentence in 140 characters or fewer can be a great skill to apply to writing an essay, like when tackling those all-important thesis statements.

But, in the most obvious sense, you can quickly and easily learn important information about writing an essay through social media.

I recently happened upon a great article over at the Ethos3 blog in which Scott Schwertly aggregated 33 easily accessible and tweetable writing tips.

“What a great idea!” the little individual who lives in my head said.

“I want to do it, too!” I said out loud to my inanimate computer.

So, I went to work putting together a nifty set of essay writing tips geared specifically for those facing the elusive, yet constantly assigned, college essay.

Without further ado, 22 essay writing tips just for you (Hey, that rhymed!):

22 Essay Writing Tips Just for You

1. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences. -William Strunk, Jr. http://bit.ly/16eqRjk

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2. Develop a better essay structure by making focused notes. @uniofleicester http://bit.ly/1p0mZFv

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3. Ditch the thesaurus. Swap sophistication for self-awareness.
@PaigeCarlotti http://usat.ly/1t8N6zw

4. Don’t be afraid to let your creativity run wild. –Jared M.  http://bit.ly/1wmIB4m

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5. Don’t be extreme. Academic readers are often suspicious of superlative claims. @PurdueWLab http://bit.ly/1gWxfMF

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6. Don’t fall into the trap of trying too hard to make your essay sound “academic.” –Crystal W. http://bit.ly/1zYeLDP

7. Don’t settle for the essay that everyone else is writing. @NACAC http://bit.ly/1rzamFl

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8. Eliminate unnecessary words, such as “in order to,” “I believe” and “the fact is.” @BillieStreufert http://usat.ly/1pHcb3X

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9. Every time the verbs get less active, the word count goes up and the comprehension goes down. @USATODAYcollege http://usat.ly/1BDaolK

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10. Get help with writing and expect rewrites.
@jonwrites http://usat.ly/1vYm1k3

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11. I woke up one day and realized I didn’t have to write boring term papers. @RaleighMuns http://bit.ly/1GtfPSm

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12. If it’s worth quoting, it’s worth discussing. @Yale http://bit.ly/1BNhIsu

13. If you only have one absolutely perfect sentence in your work, let it be your hook. –Naomi T. http://bit.ly/1Gjv7uH

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14. Miscellaneous observations on a topic are not enough to make an accomplished academic essay. –C. A. Silber http://bit.ly/1opNmsG

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15. No subject is really off limits.@BenjaminEW @gabglance http://bit.ly/1ACx5BH

16. Proofread your paper the old-fashioned way: with your eyes. @professorsguide http://bit.ly/1zYfll2

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17. Stop worrying about writing the “perfect essay.” There is no perfect essay. @LeeBierer http://bit.ly/1vYmjHs

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18. The structure of a paragraph parallels the structure of an essay in order as well as content. @HamiltonCollege http://bit.ly/1uupEbV

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19. Transitions make all the difference between an essay that flows logically and one that seems disjointed. –Erin H. http://bit.ly/12VuU1y

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20. What you have to say matters. Make us believe it with you! –Buz H. http://bit.ly/1x9tnmb

21. You must know what your instructor expects.  @UChicago http://bit.ly/16erObx

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22. Read, understand, engage with, and interpret the text, and then share those interpretations. –Natalie H. http://bit.ly/13g1qwF

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I hope you all feel a little less stressed and a little more confident about writing your essays after reading these essay writing tips.

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