Developing skills in academic writing is an ongoing process that ideally never ends.
Voice Study Centre Lecturers Kerrie Obert and Sophie Scott both suggest that the first step to developing your academic writing style is simply to start writing!
Kerrie says, “The important thing about getting into academic writing is primarily to start writing. Sometimes we wait to start writing, hoping for a flash of inspiration or a clear path forward, when what we really need to do is write the first word, the first sentence, and the first paragraph. I often find structure begins to evolve once I’ve made myself get started.”
Sophie suggests that reading is just as important during these early stages, “There are two skills and activities to undertake when beginning to develop any type of writing style. The first is to read. Read as much as you can in your chosen style. Then, write, write, and write some more. Then read some more; and write some more. All of this amounts to practice – with which you will already be familiar, perhaps, just in different areas.”