Whether experienced at writing papers or just beginning, it is always useful to have your memory refreshed on what constitutes a successful technical paper. Clearly, a successful paper is one that is accepted into a technical publication and then is read and referenced by others. To achieve this end, it must first be determined that a particular body of work is unique and valuable to others. Second, the paper must be well written and follow the style guide of the chosen publication. This article covers the basics of paper acceptance, and reviews many of the writing pitfalls made by both veteran and beginner authors alike.