The Writing Module

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Create a Logical Flow

Now that you know which ideas you are going to use and focus upon, organize them.  Put your writing points in a logical order.  You have your main ideas that you will focus on, and must align them in a sequence that will flow in a smooth, sensible path from point to point, so that the reader will go smoothly from one idea to the next in a logical path.  Readers must have a sense of continuity as they read your paper.  You don’t want to have a paper that rambles back and forth.

Start Your Engines

You have a logical flow of main ideas with which to start writing.  Begin expanding on the issues in the sequence that you have set for yourself. Pace yourself.  Don’t spend too much time on any one of the ideas that you are expanding upon. You want to have time for all of them.  Make sure you watch your time.  If you have twenty minutes left to write out your ideas and you have ten ideas, then you can only use two minutes per idea. It can be a daunting task to cram a lot of information down in words in a short amount of time, but if you pace yourself, you can get through it all. If you find that you are falling behind, speed up. Move through each idea more quickly, spending less time to expand upon the idea in order to catch back up.

Once you finish expanding on each idea, go back to your brainstorming session up above, where you wrote out your ideas.  Go ahead and erase the ideas as you write about them.  This will let you see what you need to write about next, and also allow you to pace yourself and see what you have left to cover.

First Paragraph

Your first paragraph should have several easily identifiable features.

First, it should have a quick description or paraphrasing of the topic or table. Use your own words to briefly explain what the topic or table is about.

Second, you should explain your opinion of the topic or table and give an explanation of why you feel that way. What is your decision or conclusion on the topic or table?

Third, you should list your “writing points”. What are the main ideas that you came up with earlier? This is your opportunity to outline the rest of your paper. Have a sentence explaining each idea that you will go intend further depth in additional paragraphs. If someone was to only read this paragraph, they should be able to get an “executive summary” of the entire paper.

Body Paragraph

Each of your successive paragraphs should expand upon one of the points listed in the main paragraph.  Use your personal experience and knowledge to support each of your points.  Examples should back up everything.

Conclusion Paragraph

Once you have finished expanding upon each of your main points, wrap it up. Summarize what you have said and covered in a conclusion paragraph.  Explain once more your opinion of the topic or table and quickly review why you feel that way.  At this stage, you have already backed up your statements, so there is no need to do that again. All you are doing is refreshing in the mind of the reader the main points that you have made.

Don’t Panic

Panicking will not put down any more words on paper for you. Therefore, it isn’t helpful. When you first see the topic or table, if your mind goes as blank as the page on which you have to write your paper, take a deep breath.  

Force yourself to mechanically go through the steps listed above.

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