Wilkes University

Twenty Questions to Get You Started

  1. Can you summarize the main point of my argument in a couple of brief sentences?

  2. Is there too much abstraction? Too much generalization?

  3. Is there too little abstraction? Is my essay cluttered by unconnected details?

  4. What is my point of view? Can you define my attitude toward my topic?

  5. Is there a clear beginning, middle, and end? Do the parts fit together?

  6. Are the sentences clear and readable?

  7. Who is my intended audience? Who would be most interested in reading my writing?

  8. Am I too formal/too informal for my readers?

  9. What passages passages were effective, and what passages were ineffective?

  10. If you could change one aspect of this draft, what would you change?

  11. Are my citations clear? Do I quote too much?

  12. Do you find any patterns of error in my grammar or mechanics?

  13. Are my conclusions supported by logical reasoning or valid arguments?

  14. Is my documentation format correct? My bibliographic references?

  15. Did I rely too little on my citations? Too much? Am I using my research to say something new, or does it seem as if I'm paraphrasing the work of others?

  16. Look at the final section of my draft. Does it seem to fit with the rest of my argument? Does it offer you closure, or are you left wanting more?

  17. Are my sentences too long and difficult to follow? Too short and choppy? Do I offer enough sentence variety?

  18. Do I offer a balanced perspective on my topic? Do I slant my presentation to promote a personal agenda?

  19. Is my draft interesting? What would you have done differently if this was your draft?

  20. How are my paragraphs? Are they too long or too short?