The Science and Art of Scholarly Writing

Diane M. Dusick, Walden University


The purpose of this paper is to clearly define scholarly writing. The science of scholarly writing consists of (a) selecting a topic worthy of scholarly research, (b) compliance with a scholarly manual (e.g., APA style); (c) a clear understanding of the mechanics of writing, i.e., proper grammar; and (d) basic adherence to the steps of the scientific method. The art of scholarly writing is more elusive to define but just as essential to a well-written article. The art of writing in a scholarly tone is based on (a) clarity, (b) brevity, (c) significance, (d) eloquence, (e) organization, and (f) overcoming writers’ block. The paper concludes with suggestions to make writing less complicated and less threatening for students.