Notes From the Editor
While we get a lot of entries here at Academike, only a few make it to the final cut. Writing for an academic journal can be a task. To navigate complex knowledge, without making it look complicated on paper, is a job well done.
Many authors have immense potential when it comes to gathering information and compiling it on a document. But not all of them strive. Despite it being factually rich, the article often falls flat. And mostly, it is the writing style that is to be blamed, as the treatment meted out to the subject falls short.
If we must give you two fundamental pieces of advice on academic writing, the following would be it (for starters at least): shun the pretence and focus on clarity.
An obfuscated state of mind often translates to an obfuscated piece of writing.
The essence of writing is to make thoughts come alive that are initially abstract. To give the abstraction a form. Unless of course, you are a postmodernist. In that case, you are inaccessible.
Simply put, what you create from a bunch of tangled thoughts CAN’T be a bunch of tangled words.
The motive must be to astray the reader from the secret of puzzlement to an unfolded reality. Your piece must not add to the complexity of the subject but help the reader analyze and think through it. Only if you lack clarity the written word will defeat your purpose and deceit your reader.
Writing is about converting the abstract thought into something more cohesive and structured. The language must not limit or alter the meaning. Linguistic tropes that might look like embellishments don’t necessarily sparkle.
Abbreviations, symbolism, jargons and high meaning vocabulary complicate the reading experience and can diminish readers’ interest.
The attempt should be to let the reader read and process. To confuse them with these embellishments is to burden them with a decoding exercise. Additionally, the central motive of your writing will be at a loss.
If each sentence and each word in your draft is trying to be better than the other, the article might trip over its own meaning. Ultimately, you will be left with a bunch of words that don’t really have anything to say.
If your description needs to be described and defined, you’re doing something wrong.
The craft of writing is in presenting complex ideas and thoughts with clarity and simplicity. Don’t overwhelm the reader, don’t overestimate their potential or knowledge, and don’t assume. Impressive ideas make the readers think. Focus on simplistic but effective writing, the rest are just embellishments which make no difference to the meaning.