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Axia College Material Fundamentals of Writing, Part One What to Do Before You Start Writing Writing—just reading the word might make you cringe. There are many possible reasons of why students do not like to write. Writing instructors usually hear My grammar is horrible , I had a writing teacher who marked up all my papers in red , or I cannot think of anything . Maybe you have similar reasons for not wanting to write; maybe you are excited to write, but do not know where to start. If you break the writing process into segments, it may not overwhelm you. This may ease your anxieties and inspire you to enjoy writing. Before you pick up a pen or start typing, stop and plan. Ask yourself the following questions and come up with answers: 1. What are the instructions? 2. What is my purpose for writing? 3. Who is my audience? 4. How must the overall structure of my writing look? 5. What must my tone be? Understand the Instructions First, read the instructions. Whether it is an assignment from an instructor or a project from a boss, read the instructions so you know what is expected. If you have questions, do not hesitate to ask. The following terms are frequently used in instructions. The definitions will help you understand what to include in your writing. Term Definition Analyze Identify a subject’s elements, and discuss how they work together. Argue or persuade Take a position on a subject, and support your position with evidence. Compare and contrast Explain similarities and differences between subjects. Define Specify the meaning of a term or idea. Describe
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This note was uploaded on 03/08/2010 for the course COM Com140 taught by Professor Rika during the Spring '10 term at North Dakota.

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