I just finished teaching an undergraduate class called Academic Writing at Tsinghua. One semester, pass/fail, about 10 students. The last assignment was list six things you’ve learned. Combining the answers, I came up with this:
1. Don’t tell readers what they already know. This came up a lot when I discussed how to write a personal statement. “Your university has an excellent program in X” no, don’t say that.
2. To make your writing moving, focus on your own thoughts and emotions. Moving = evoking emotion. Evoking emotion was enormously important, I said.
Seth, I agree with what you said. One should write something he feels interested in I can say this because when I started writing I initiated writing about my daily stuff and sooner it became my habit and now when I write for http://www.papersville.co.uk/dissertation/ I feel so good.