You cannot become a successful academic writer all of a sudden. And I do not even mean that you need to exercise and develop your writing skills to gain experience that will help you accomplish every order qualitatively. If you want to get appropriate salary, have your customers’ respect and be a successful academic writer, look through the following list of “must-have” skills and find out whether you possess all of them.
This skill is the key to success in any possible career, actually. Talking of the academic writer’s occupation – you might produce pure masterpieces and write like a god, but if you have troubles delivering your orders on time – well, that sucks. For some clients it will be easier to deal with an ordinary author, who simply doesn’t miss the deadline. Don’t take chances.
High Level of Concentration
A true academic writer should be able to work in any conditions. If you can carry on accomplishing your order without paying attention to a party upstairs or a hurricane outside your house, you will achieve great heights in the field of academic writing. Most freelancers fail to be successful, because they are unable to concentrate on what should be done when facing something distracting.
Especially when you have to work on a big assignment, like a thesis paper, you will need to look through countless sources. That is when an ability of “quick reading” will be of use. Train yourself by reading scientific and professional literature. In a while you will be able to glance at several first pages of a certain book to realize whether it might be useful for your pre-essay research or not.
In order to write academic assignments, you should be able to analyze the information you get in the chosen sources and also to decide, what information should be included in your essay and which points should be omitted. It is also important to learn how to generalize or concretize the facts you read.
I put the skill of writing at the end of this list, because you will only be able to put it to use if you already know, how to manage your time, concentrate on work, read quickly through big array of information and analyze it. But after you’ve mastered four previous skills, it’s time to learn the professional secrets of academic writing itself.
And that is exactly what I plan to help you with this year.