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Idea Completion—So What?

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Idea completion is essential to strong writing, yet people forget it all the time. Do you? To put it simply, if a statement lacks a clear connection or significance, it’s incomplete. Sometimes this is called “developing” ideas. But that suggests it’s something optional and additional–which it’s not.

Be specific.


When I edit an essay, I often leave the comment “be more specific.” Almost any essay or application can be improved through specificity. A precise statement helps you say more in fewer words, avoid confusion, and convey the uniqueness of yourself, your subject, and your experiences.