## Introduction

The purpose of this book is to help you develop your writing skills while you are still in college.

This book will help you:

– Become a better writer

– Improve your academic writing skills

Writing is a skill that you will use for the rest of your life, so it is important to learn how to do it well now. This book will give you the tools you need to become a more effective writer. It will teach you how to write clearly, how to organize your thoughts, and how to make sure that your writing is error-free.

## What is Writing?

In this chapter, you will learn what writing is and how it is different from other forms of communication. You will also learn about the different types of writing and how they are used in the academic world.

## The Elements of Writing

You will learn the basic elements of writing in this chapter. These elements are the building blocks of any piece of writing. They include the title, the body, the introduction, the conclusion, and the reference list. In addition to these basic elements, this chapter will also teach you about the parts of speech and how you can use them to make your writing more effective.

## How to Write a Good Title

Titles are one of the most important parts of your writing because they are the first thing that a reader sees when they open a piece of paper. This chapter will show you the best ways to write a good title for your work. You’ll also learn why titles are important and what you can do to make them stand out from the crowd of other titles on your paper or in your subject area.

If you don’t know what to write in the title of your paper, don’t be afraid to ask your professor for help. He or she will probably be happy to give you some suggestions. You can also check out the Writing Center at your college or university. The Writing Center is a place where you can go to get help with your writing. It is a great place to go if you are having trouble with a particular type of writing, such as a research paper, a term paper, or a lab report. If you are not sure where to go to find a Writing Center, check with your professor. They will know where it is located on your campus and will be able to direct you to it.

## What Is Writing?

In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was with God. The Word was God.

If you are reading this book, you probably already know that writing is an important part of your academic life. You may be writing term papers, lab reports, research papers, or other types of written assignments. If this is the case, you are probably already aware of the importance of good writing skills. However, you may not know exactly what good writing looks like or how it differs from poor writing. In this chapter you will be introduced to the basics of writing so that you can begin to understand the difference between good writing and poor writing, and why it is so important for you to learn to write well. In the next chapter, we will look at the different kinds of writing that you may encounter in your academic career. We will also look at some of the ways in which writing is used in academic settings. Finally, in Chapter 3 we will take a closer look at what makes a title a good one and how titles can help you to get your work noticed by your professor and other readers of your papers and reports.

## What Is a Title?

A title is a short phrase or sentence that is placed at the beginning of a paper, report, or essay. A good title is one that grabs the reader’s attention and helps him or her understand what the paper or report is about. A bad title, on the other hand, does not tell the reader anything about the topic of the paper. It does not give the reader any clues as to what he or she should expect to find in the paper, and it does not help the reader decide whether or not the paper is worth reading. A title is the first impression that the reader has of your work, and you want to make a good first impression. You want the reader to be interested in what you have to say and to want to read your paper. If your title does not do this, the reader will probably put your paper down and move on to the next paper in the stack. If that happens, you have wasted your time and your professor’s time. Your paper will not be graded, and your grade will not count toward your grade point average. You do not want that to happen, do you?

1. What are some examples of good titles?

2. How do you know if a title is good or bad?

3. Why is it important for a title to be clear and to give a reader a good idea of what is going to be in the body of the report or paper? Why is it not important for the title to give away the whole story in the first sentence or two? Why does it not matter if the title is too long or too short? Why should the title be short and to the point? Why shouldn’t it be long and descriptive? Why can’t a title be too general or too specific? Why do titles have to be written in the present tense? Why not the past tense or the future tense? How can you make your title more interesting? How do you make a title stand out in a stack of papers or reports? What are some ways to make sure that your title stands out? What should you do if you can’t think of anything to write for your title? What is a good way to ask for help if you need it? What can you do to improve your title if it is not working for you? What do you think is the best type of title to use for a research report? Why?