July 17, By E. From my perspective as a viewer and historical fiction writer, the hot trend in entertainment right now is storytelling that makes history and historical periods come alive. The popular History Channel Vikings series also takes great pains to authenticate the Viking time period in Norway.
The ten commandments of good historical writing by Theron F. Schlabach With apologies to the Author of the original ten I. Thou shalt begin with an outline that buildeth thy entire paper around thy central ideas.
In any case, whether you organize by thesis-subthesis, topic, or narrative, your central task is to ask penetrating, interpretive questions of your sources. Therefore structure your outline to let incidental facts recede as supporting evidence, and to emphasize answers to intelligent questions.
Facts and details should always support the main ideas in evident ways. Do not relegate the real point or points of the paper to the conclusion. Thou shalt avoid self-conscious discussion of thy intended purposes, thy strategy, thy sources, and thy research methodology.
Keep the focus on what you have to say, not on the question of how you hope to develop and say it.
Do not parade around in your mental underwear. Show only the well-pressed and well-shined final product. Avoid self-conscious-sounding phrases such as: Avoid use of first person. If you must discuss methodology, do it in a preface; discussing sources is fine, but in a bibliographical essay.
Phrases that tell your reader explicitly what you intend to do or to do next, or that tell explicitly where to see emphasis, are crutches.
The above does not mean that you offer the reader no cues and clues. Yes, it is important, in the opening paragraph or two of a paper or a section, to lay out the essential question s you will address and often to hint at the answers you may find.
But do it artistically, not with a heavy hand. In the cases of historiographical papers and book reviews you may of course discuss sources.
Those cases are exceptions. There may be other exceptions. Document those facts which you cannot consider common textbook knowledge—especially those which could be controversial or which are crucial to the development of your argument, analysis, or narrative.
If there get to be too many footnotes, combine some or all that refer to a given paragraph. However, never make one footnote cover material in more than one paragraph. When in doubt, footnote. Thou shalt strive for clarity above cuteness; thou shalt not use jargon when common language will serve, nor a large word when a small one will serve, nor a foreign term when an English one will serve, nor an abstract term where a vivid one is possible.
Learn first of all to write lean, tough, logical, precise prose. After you have learned that, you may begin to experiment with metaphors, allusions, and fancily turned phrases. But use these only if they add to communication and do not clutter it up. Never use more words when you can make the point with fewer.
Trying to impress your reader with obscure vocabulary, erudition in foreign or specialized verbiage, and all such pretension, is absolutely out. Remember thy paragraph to keep it a significant unity; thou shalt not fragment thy discussion into one short paragraph after another, and neither shalt thou write a paragraph that fails to develop a topical idea.
Think of the paragraph as an instrument to develop an idea. The paragraph should have a recognizable idea, usually as a topic sentence. Usually, three sentences are minimum for a good paragraph, and most paragraphs should have more. Short paragraphs seldom develop ideas or nuances.How to plan and write a Shakespeare Essay The Shakespeare Challenge.
William Shakespeare is arguably the greatest, most ubiquitously studied author in the history of Western literature, supplying the main literature for English classrooms the world over. Shakespeare wrote over years ago and his plays of comedy, tragedy and history have tended to be the particular focus.
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