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Description of Effective Writing

A well-written piece can best be described as incorporating elements of writing in such a way that a reader can experience the writer's intended meaning, understand the writer's premise, and accept or reject the writer's point of view. Effective writing

  • is focused on the topic and does not contain extraneous or loosely related information;
  • has an organizational pattern that enables the reader to follow the flow of ideas because it contains a beginning, middle, and end and uses transitional devices;
  • contains supporting ideas that are developed through the use of details, examples, vivid language, and mature word choice; and
  • follows the conventions of standard written English (i.e., punctuation, capitalization, and spelling) and has variation in sentence structure.

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