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Writing Steps

Do you want to write a paper that is organized and well thought out?

If you answered yes, follow these six steps

1. Choose a Topic

  • If you have a choice, choose a topic that you're familiar with or one that you want to learn about
  • Don't choose a topic that is too broad
  • Make sure there is plenty of information available on the topic

2. Gather Information

  • Look online
  • Find good, solid reliable information
  • A library is still the best place to go for information
  • Have a system for gathering and organizing information
  • Use index cards or a notebook
  • Record accurate information for each source you use

3. Organize your Ideas

  • Make an outline or diagram
  • Put main ideas in the order you want to present them
  • Write several supporting ideas under each main idea

4. Write the First Draft

  • Find a place where you won't be interrupted
  • Write the first draft in one sitting
  • Don't worry about making mistakes
  • Write down all your ideas - you can edit later!

5. Rethink, Revise, Rewrite

  • Read your first draft out loud to see if it makes sense
  • Add explanations and details
  • Rewrite anything that isn't clear
  • Eliminate parts that aren't necessary
  • Vary your sentence structure
  • Correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors
  • Give it to someone else to read
  • Visit The Writing Center @ Malone

6. Write the Final Draft

  • Make final changes
  • Turn in a neat, clean copy