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At a loss for words?. 214 Evans Library | 205 West Campus Library. writingcenter.tamu.edu | 979-458-1455. The Writing Process. Prewrite. “Of a good beginning cometh a good end.” – John Heywood. What Does the Assignment Say?. What Do You Want to Say ?. Read carefully.

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At a loss for words?

214 Evans Library | 205 West Campus Library

writingcenter.tamu.edu | 979-458-1455


The Writing Process


Prewrite

“Of a good beginning cometh a good end.”

– John Heywood


What Does

the Assignment Say?

What Do You Want to Say?

  • Read carefully.

  • Highlight key terms.

  • Ask questions.

  • Use what you know.

  • Choose a topic of interest.


Topic vs. Thesis

Topic

What you are

writing about

Frank L. Baum’s use of political symbolism in The Wizard of Oz

Thesis

Your claim, argument, or recommendation

Baum’s use of a yellow brick road can be viewed as commentary on the gold standard debate, a heated political issue at the end of the 19th century.


Listing

Write down every idea you have.

Stuck? Put on a timer.

Look for patterns of thoughts.

Group material left over in categories.

Elaborate.


Clustering

Start with the middle circle and write a topic.

Write down random ideas. Use lines to connect these ideas.

See if there is one “cluster” of ideas and start from there.


Freewriting

Write quickly without stopping, 5-10 minutes.

Can’t think of anything? Write “I’m stuck, I can’t think of anything!”—you will at least be moving your pen.

Keep writing.

Read what you did.


Recording

Keep a notebook at all times—you never know when ideas will come to you.


Researching

Library Databases

There are thousands of academic articles located here.

TAMU Libraries

Hasan extensive collection of books, newspaper articles, magazines, and journals

Instructors

Can help change a topic

into a thesis.


Research Tips

Take careful notes.

Keep track of all of your sources.

Avoid plagiarizing.

Make a distinction between direct quotes and paraphrased information in your notes.


The First Draft

I never know what I think about something until I read what I’ve written on it.

— William Faulkner


Organization

Decide on length and organization based on

the assignment’s purpose, audience, and thesis.

Use an outline, list, or a rough draft to begin.


Introduction

  • Captures your audience’s interest

  • Provides background on your subject

  • States your thesis


Conclusion

  • Restates your argument

  • Recommends a solution or states why your argument matters


Revise

“The first draft reveals the art; revision reveals the artist.”

—Michael Lee


Another Pair of Eyes

Who can give you feedback?

  • Your instructor or TA

  • A University Writing

    Center consultant

  • A friend or classmate

  • A relative


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Visit our website or call us to schedule an appointment.

We can help you at any stage in the writingprocess!


We’ll help you find the write words.

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