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The Writing Process. ENGL 1301. Prewriting and Writing First Draft. Understand Assignment Zero In on Topic Gather Information Organize Develop Thesis Write First Draft. Generating Ideas. Brainstorming Clustering/Branching Sorting a subject Asking questions Freewriting.

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The writing process

The Writing Process

ENGL 1301


Prewriting and writing first draft

Prewriting and Writing First Draft

  • Understand Assignment

  • Zero In on Topic

  • Gather Information

  • Organize

  • Develop Thesis

  • Write First Draft


Generating ideas

Generating Ideas

  • Brainstorming

  • Clustering/Branching

  • Sorting a subject

  • Asking questions

  • Freewriting


Organizing information

Organizing Information

  • Outline

    • Topic Outline

    • Sentence Outline

      • Subunit 1

      • Subunit 2


Developing a thesis

Developing a Thesis

What Is a Thesis?

A thesis statement presents the main idea of a piece of writing, usually in one sentence and in the introductory paragraph.


An effective thesis

An Effective Thesis

  • Focuses on one central issue

  • Tailors scope of issue to length of paper

  • Forecasts what is to come

  • Precise, often previewing organization

  • NOT “My paper is about . . . .”


Writing the first draft

Writing the First Draft

  • Focus on generating ideas

  • Use notes

  • Provide transitional words or sentences

  • Save intro and conclusion for later if troublesome

  • Use asterisk* for problem spots

  • SAVE OFTEN AND IN MULTIPLE WAYS


Revising

Revising

  • Set aside at least half a day

  • Print out hard copy

  • Think in terms of reader’s expectations

  • Separate what you have written from what you intended to write

  • Read at least 3 times

    • Essay

    • Paragraphs

    • Sentences and Words


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