Talent is a real thing, and there are many talented people around. I discovered while getting my degree in college that it’s easy to fall into the myth of talent. The myth is that some people are born with it and some people who aren’t. Somehow I got the idea talented writers came out of the womb with pens in their hands and words in their heads. They never had to struggle with grammar or awkward sentences and writing flowed out of them as effortlessly as their breath. I could not have been more wrong. Writing isn’t about some magical ability dropped on just a few lucky souls. Good writing is about researching, re-organizing, and re-writing. I learned that when I had to study the skill of academic report writing.
Writing of the academic nature involves creating an organized pathway of information that gives the reader knowledge through a series of arguments and proofs. An academic report is to a college degree what the meat is to a sandwich. The ability to take information, research facts and opinions about it, and write it in an organized fashion with an introduction, research, discussion and conclusion is the ability which shows the value of your college education to the world. Every job requires some kind of reporting, and every boss is looking for people who write factual information clearly.
An important element of academic report writing other than the organization flow of thought is re-writing. Proofread your report carefully and make sure it is free of grammar and spelling errors. Check the statistics and facts to be sure you didn’t transpose numbers or leave out a source citation. Put your report on a shelf overnight and read it the next day. Does it say what you meant for it to say? Factual writing has a collegiate standard to live up to and meeting that standard isn’t about some illusive magical talent. It’s about careful attention to detail, organization and the discipline to do the work.