Improving my paper writing skills

I think it’s interesting to compare the feedback from judges on my past two entries to Paper writing competitions…

2005 Entry:
The Judges felt that, although this entry was not of degree standard, it
contained a well developed argument with a clear purpose and a natural
flow, was interesting to read, with a good structure. On the whole the
Judges were impressed with this entry and the thorough research that had
gone into the essays production. The Judges noted that the topic was of
general and wide interest and, although the essay is not particularly
it offers quite a grand vision and suggested that, with some
editing, the paper may be suitable for publication.

2006 Entry:

  • Well-written but without a great sense of interest or excitement
  • Good technical material (although a little dry for a general audience)
  • Figures not of a high quality.

I seem to have tipped the balance too far in the other direction this year after last year’s feedback, next year I need to pitch it somewhere in the middle. Apparently this year’s winner of the IET Write Around the World competition has entered for the past three years. If I can combine “good technical material” with “interesting to read” next time perhaps it could be my turn 🙂

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