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Understanding the Academic Writing Process for Students

Stellar writing is an art, and like any good artist, a skillful writer continues to work on his or her until it has the desired impact. In other words, when you have written your last word for a piece, the writing process has just begun. Here are some tips on how to produce spectacular papers.

Focus On Planning During the Prewriting Phase

Before you start the actual writing, you must first have an idea of what you intend to accomplish. Since many ideas may come to you as you start to brainstorm about the topic, take notes during this process. You can then cluster, map or list how you intend to proceed. This is referred to as outlining. Students can use graphic organizers like story maps, charts and clusters to plan out their papers.

Develop a Debatable Working Claim

In the context of effective writing, most guides suggest that students have a clear and concise thesis statement or central claim. Here, a thesis implies the primary argument pursued in the paper. Given its unifying role, the thesis is placed towards the end of the introduction, which we suggest that you write last. This can be confusing since the central claim is meant to guide your writing, yet is part of the introduction. Well, good writers start out with what is referred to as a working claim. This is a short sentence or a couple of sentences, where you indicate your position on debate and the direction your paper should take. In the course of your writing, the working claim will evolve and become more refined considering the evidence you explore. This working claim motivates and guides the processes of outlining and drafting. The more refined final claim, placed towards the end of your introduction covers your thorough and careful consideration of the evidence you have presented. If you have trouble developing your thesis (or writing the paper) you can always consult a cheap custom writing service.

 Write the Fast Draft Without Checking for Errors

The next step in effective writing is turning your ideas into the initial draft. At this stage you can organize each of your ideas into a paragraph, using evidence and examples to support each idea or argument. It is often advisable to write the introduction after drafting the whole paper. During drafting, do not waste time going back to edit for grammar mistakes and typos. This phase should be focused on providing content. You can edit later.

Carefully Proofread and Edit Your Work

Proofreading simply means careful reading. As you carefully go through every sentence, word, and paragraph, you will likely notice errors and typos. You should proofread and edit your work for the following:

  • Punctuation and capitalization —Every sentence must begin with a capital letter and end with some form of punctuation.
  • Spelling ­—Correct spelling is critical for credibility
  • Grammar —Understand the parts of speech and combine them well
  • Format —make sure that you have used the right fonts, citation, spacing, and margins

These are just some of the considerations you need to pay attention to if you want to produce stellar papers. If, however, due to lack of time or skills, you are unable to work on your own assignment, you can get reliable assistance from academic writing services.

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