Critical Writing

Critical Writing

Most academic writing includes both descriptive and critical (also called analytical) writing.

Descriptive writing

  • describe  
  • explain 

Critical / analytical writing

  • analyse how things work together, or how things are linked, or how things are similar and different
  • evaluate strengths, weaknesses, relevance, value, effectiveness
  • suggest new ways to explain things, new links between things, new theories, approaches or ideas

You can write descriptively and critically about pretty much anything, including:

  • events, people, procedures, decisions, research, ideas, theories, techiques, objects, designs