Planning a Paper

Planning a Paper


There comes a point when you have to stop
reading and start writing. How do you know if you’re ready? Well there are
lots of activities you can engage in to ensure
you’re ready to write. I recommend that you spend a lot of time
researching, to read widely about your topic. When you’re doing that, be sure to take lots of
notes. Be careful to keep track of what came
from where, because it’s a terrible feeling to be looking for
that quote and find the page number the night
before a paper is due. Mind-mapping can be a great way to keep your
concepts organized and relate the literature to
the various concepts. You can add to your mind map the quotations
you’d like to use and the references you plan to
add. Once your mind map is complete, you can turn
it into an outline. Writing an outline will help you know what you’re
writing about first, second, and third in your
assignment. Remember, this is the first 40% of the time you
should be putting into your paper, in the
40/20/40 writing process. The first 40 is planning, the next 20 is writing,
and the last 40 is revising. Plus, this is a great time to do some free writing
to start generating ideas and sentences for your
writing. Would you like to know more about the
academic writing process or how your writing in
particular can be improved? Come to the Writing Centre and we’ll help you.

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