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How to Write Your Best Paper: Discovering and Refining Your Writing Process. Presented by Judith M. Davis, Director Writing Technology Laboratory Student Support Services October 30, 2002. Understand that writing is an individual, recursive process . Planning Prewriting Organizing

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how to write your best paper discovering and refining your writing process
How to Write Your Best Paper:Discovering and Refining Your Writing Process

Presented by

Judith M. Davis, Director

Writing Technology Laboratory

Student Support Services

October 30, 2002

understand that writing is an individual recursive process
Understand that writing is an individual, recursive process
  • Planning
  • Prewriting
  • Organizing
  • Drafting
  • Revising
  • Editing
  • Proofreading
planning
Planning
  • Think!
  • Analyze the assignment
    • Requirements
    • Topic
    • Purpose
    • Audience
  • Research
    • Preliminary
    • Topic focused
prewriting
Prewriting
  • List
  • Brainstorm
  • Cluster/mind-map/web
  • Freewrite
  • Outline
organizing
Organizing
  • Outline important ideas from prewriting
  • Structure a thesis
  • Plan primary and secondary support
drafting
Drafting
  • Just do it! Write without editing
  • Consider opening strategies
    • “Hook” the reader
    • State the thesis
    • Forecast the direction of the essay
  • “Layer” the paragraphs
    • Topic sentence
    • Primary support
    • Secondary support
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Leave a strong final impression
    • Restate thesis
    • Sum-up key ideas
    • Make a concluding statement
revising
Revising
  • “Re-see” your essay
  • Check organization
  • Ensure sufficient development
  • Examine use of sources
  • Build smooth transitions
    • Order
    • Repetition of key ideas
    • Use of transitional expressions
  • Evaluate opening and closing
editing
Editing
  • Read aloud
  • Read for trouble
  • Read backwards
proofreading
Proofreading
  • Read for new errors
  • Read backwards to re-check spelling
  • Check formatting