If you are coming from a native language which does not have same habits with English, writing in English may become a nightmare for you. Honestly, that is what some of my friends, including myself, experiences a lot. Last week, I had kept thinking about how to write better in English, especially in some of the exams – GRE, TOEFL, GMAT- forcing you to write a good essay within few minutes. Although I was skeptical at first, some of the resources were really very useful. Here are the 2 books that you may need at some point of your writing journey:
- On Writing Well by William Zinsser ( That is not just for better academic writing but it also works for blogging as well!)
- The Elements of Style by
- They Say / I Say by Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein and Russel Durst is the most recognized book as an academical writing guide. (For those are about to start writing thesis which might be compelling)
For those of you need to take writing pills just before the exam or enjoy learning from videos, I would like to share some other supplementary resources:
- Noteful’s wonderful youtube channel is definitely from where you should start
- Magoosh seems very popular and you may try vocabulary exercises part of their website.
- https://wordcounter.net/ is a very useful website that keeps track of your word usage, word density on left down menu. If you are exercising writings in the exam, I would highly recommend to use that place other than your favorite text editor.
P.S. I am going to put teachings from “On Writing Well” by Zinsser.
- “Believe in your own identity and your own opinions. Writing is an act of ego, and you might as well admit it. Use its energy to keep yourself going.” (p.24)
- Writing is a craft and nobody becomes Tom Wolfe overnight, not even Tom Wolfe.
- “Who am I writing for” : “You are writing for yourself, don’t try to visualize the audience”. As simple as that:)
- You learn to write by writing. It’s a truism, but what makes truism is that it’s true.