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Use free writing; write without stopping, put a time limit, no need to worry about spelling and punctuation, let all ideas flow, do this as soon as the paper is assigned Refine initial ideas Select a topic and working title; use your instructors guidelines, write down a list of topics that interest you and do it in two minutes, then chose one topic, if you can’t decide cut and pull out of a box, , your topic statement can be used as a working title Write a thesis statement; a statement that is clear and to the point can make your paper easier to write, a thesis is different from a topic, it makes and assertion or describes an action Consider your purpose; Do you want your audience to feel or think differently? Make your writing clear and logical, support with evidence, create a character the audience can empathize with, clarify your purpose in one sentence
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Do initial research; you want to gain overview of the subject, discover the structure of your topic Outline; it keeps you from wandering off topic, gather a stack of 3x5 and brainstorm ideas you want in your paper. Write one phase per card. Put them in stacks, each stack representing a major category, then put in logical order Do in-depth research; copy all information correctly, always include the source, write legibly, generate idea cards, if you have a thought while researching write it down, label them clearly as your own ideas Phase 2: Writing a first draf Gather your notes and arrange them to follow your outline Write one idea per paragraph Remember the first draf is not for keeps Write freely; try to avoid editing that is for later get as much down as possible Be yourself; let go of the urge to sound official, write in a natural voice, write to an intelligent student Ease into it; Make writing a habit; schedule time to write (inspiration) Respect your deep mind; Get physical; move around; take breaks; speak out loud; breathe deeply Use affirmations and visualizations; write with the idea the finished paper is inside of you waiting to be released. Imagine what the finished paper will look like. Hide it in your drawer for a while; schedule time for rewrites before you begin, when we are in the middle of the creative process mistakes are hidden, give yourself time before the third stage Phase 3: Revising your draf Plan to revise 2-3 times. Slow down acting like a microscope is on your work. 50% of your time should be revising. Read it out loud, and have someone else look it over. Cut; look for baggage, look for unnecessary words, grit your teeth and let it go Paste; rearrange what’s lef so it flows, look for consistency, reorder ideas Fix; define any terms the reader may not know, rely on nouns and verbs, use active rather than passive voice, write specifically, and write to the point Prepare; format correctly, be sure of sites and quotes, use quality paper
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