How To Develop Essay Writing Skills For Composing Academic Papers

Okay, so not everyone is born with a silver spoon in their mouth, nor is everyone naturally gifted when it comes to writing academic papers. However, don’t let that put you off! As with everything in life essay writing is merely a lesson in endurance and the sooner you wrap your head around this simple fact then the easier your life will be. So, just how do you develop writing skills for composing papers? Here are my top tips:


The old saying practice makes perfect has never been truer than in this scenario. The only way that you are really going to improve upon what you are presently able to do is to practice. Try and mix things up a bit by writing about topics that appeal to you.

See the essay in everything

Since the purpose here is to merely hone your technical skills rather write (particularly) about academic subjects then I would suggest that you try and see the essay in everything. So, that might be a trip to the supermarket. Or, the way your dog barks at the neighbor’s cat. Like I say, subject matter really isn’t of concern in this scenario.

Take an online course

Not everyone has the time to go to college or university. Most people have jobs that they have to work, families that they have to feed, so taking an online course may be the solution to your problems. This will enable you to develop the new skills that you need in a timescale that is most comfortable for you. You can also pick up where you left off at school and then gradually build.

Become a freelance writer

If your grasp of the English Language and writing skills are already at an acceptably high level, then why not bite the bullet and set about getting paid for your endeavors? Trying your hand at freelance writing is a great way to hone your skills while also being able to buy a few of life’s little luxuries. If you are very lucky, you might land an assignment for an academic based client.

Study hard

I really can’t stress enough, how important this one little factor is. Studying hard and familiarizing yourself with the various different formats and styles is the BEST way of ensuring that you have the skill set and core competencies that you need.


“   Every writer, no matter how good he is with his first attempt should proofread his paper.  ”

–  Donna Brians


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