Your written voice will have a distinctive style, just as your speaking voice is unique to you. Your academic writing style will likely be formal, even when writing about yourself, but your vocabulary and sentence structure should be recognizable to you. That is, don’t try to sound “academic," whatever that might mean. Instead, aim for a formal style that is clear, concise, and easy to understand. Your voice, in your writing style, is what your reader wants to read in your story.
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Qualities of academic writing
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Introduction to concise writing
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