The Writing Process
An essential element to a polished academic text.
1.1 Breaking Down the Writing Task
Used when you have too much information, or not enough, to compile it in an orderly fashion.
Write down everything you think of
Set time limits/Space limits
Look back and find the best
Write and then reread to find best parts
Breaking down the topic
Have a general knowledge on the topic
Argue for and against
Using different terms and words and putting them in webs
Thinking outside the box
Thinking differently than others
An outline helps organize your thoughts and realize how to compose your essay. First, find your thesis statement, which will drive your essay. Next, divide your main thoughts into body paragraphs. Finally, discover how you will conclude your essay. The outline format should look like this:
Introduction - Includes thesis statement and main point of essay
Also have more information to get audience interested
And include other points needed to get point across
Body Paragraph 1
Talk about one topic
Include other details
Same as Body Paragraph 1
If needed, add another body paragraph
Conclusion - Reiterate thesis
Wrap up essay and ideas
- Leave the audience AMAZED!! :)
Drafts are never perfect. They are usually based off ideas from “Pre-Writing.” Drafting also takes time. Even if it feels like you are wasting a lot of time, it will be worth it in the end. You should never procrastinate and only do one draft, then your writing won’t be the best it can be. In the early stages of drafting, you will have many different and new ideas that you didn’t think of in “Pre-Writing. Never go back and trouble yourself, thats the greatness of drafting. You edit when you are in the revising phase.
Revision is making sure that you have a strong thesis, good organization, and enough information on the topic .
Wait an hour or two after your first draft of your writing, then read it. Afterwards, judge and evaluate it.
Focus on the important part first. Then, you can focus more on the little things.
Think about your thesis, and decide if you still agree with it or if you have changed your mind.
Check your organization make sure your writing is nice, neat and not all over the place.
- Make sure your information is true and cite your sources.
See if everything required in essay is there along with:
Facts or opinions
Logical sequence of paragraphs
Structure in paragraphs
One singular idea
Use correct tone
Unnecessary phrases avoided
IMPORTANT TO PROOFREAD
4.2 Editing Checklist
Read piece out loud to see where and how to punctuate
Check for capital letters at beginning of sentences and proper nouns
Check for complete sentences
Edit run-on sentences
Check spelling and correct tenses
Read piece out loud to check for punctuation errors
Check for quotation marks and parenthetical documentation
Check for capitals and proper nouns
- Check spelling and sentence structures