MAXIM VIII: BE EXCITING
Whatever you actually say in your essay, how you say it can have a significant impact on how impressed admissions officers are with your writing.
VARIETY IN SENTENCE STRUCTURE
INCORPORATE AND ORNAMENT YOUR WRITING WITH A VARIETY OF:
- Simple (one main clause) sentence
- Compound (two or more main clauses) sentence
- Complex (one main clause, one subordinate clause) sentence
- Compound-complex (two or more main clauses, plus at least one subordinate clause) sentence
Varying sentence length throughout creates a more pleasing rhythm for your readers.
Start with an introductory opener (phrase)
Use varied vocabulary
EIGHT MAXIMS, TO RECAP:
1. Be correct
2. Be clear
3. Be concise
4. Be exact
5. Be appropriate
6. Be consistent
7. Be assertive
8. Be exciting
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