Writing ProcessOnce you select a topic and complete enough research to commit yourself—at least tentatively—to your stance toward that topic, you are ready to begin writing. Or are you?
Stop for a moment to consider the writing process we recommend.
- Prewriting: Analyzing your audience, determining your purpose in writing, limiting the scope of what you will cover, and generating potential content.
- Drafting: Making a case and structuring your evidence for that case.
- Revising: Putting yourself in the place of the reader, rethinking your approach, and making changes that will improve your case.
- Polishing: Editing and proofreading to eliminate errors and improve the coherence and readability of your presentation
Don't let writing a paper seem an overwhelming task. We have a few ideas that can help you beat writer's block and become hooked on writing For example, how about forming a writer's group? Having a hard time getting or staying motivated? You can preview an overview of the essential elements of an effective course paper, or for more in-depth information about the process of writing, visit the rest of this handbook.