How to Write a Good Paper for ANYTHING (The Writing Process)?

FSD Staff

No matter what the paper’s topic, size, or grade level, following this advice will help you create a paper to be proud of and help you to get a good grade.

Once you have selected a topic and done all of your research for a paper as a top essay writer, you can move on to the writing process itself.

It is easy to do by following these steps and concentrating on your paper.

Making a Thesis Statement

A thesis statement is the argument of your paper. You are either making an argument about something or telling an old story in a brand new way. Your thesis statement is the cornerstone of your paper, around which the whole thing is built. It must be narrow enough for you to prove in the space allotted, and it must add something new to the intellectual debate about the topic.

Your thesis statement is, at its heart, the answer to your research question. That is the most crucial part. Saying that the Olympics are used for political capital is a great argument to make, but if your research was on the World Cup, then you have no evidence to support it.

In creating your thesis statement, you should take all you have learned from your research and figure out how the information connects to answer your question. This requires you to step back from everything and see the big picture.

Outline

The outline is the single most important part of the writing process. The good, clear organization covers most flaws your research may have had, and it will make the actual writing process incredibly easy. To make a good outline, you must take your argument, and come up with a series of statements that together prove your argument or justify your new twist. These statements may be grouped into larger headings, which group the statements together in a logical fashion that makes it easier for the reader to follow. These statements are the paragraphs of your paper, and you can use them to make your topic sentences. Once you have all of those things together, you want to fill in the paragraphs with evidence and detail, so much so that the only possible conclusion for the reader is to agree with your argument.

Organization

As a general rule, the best way to organize your paragraphs is either by chronological order or by topic. If neither one is fully sufficient, or if a topical organization will confound the reader by jumping back and forth in time, then combine the two. To do this, you divide the paragraphs topically, but then put the topics into vaguely chronological order.

Using Notes Effectively

The point of taking good notes is to make the writing process better, easier, and more efficient. You must devise a system that allows you to quickly access each particular note as you go to write about it. You should refer to specific notes in your outline so you know where to go.

For shorter or less complicated papers, when you have only 5-10 sources, it may be easier to simply give each source a letter and each note a number.

Write, Write, Write!

If your outline is good enough and your notes organized enough, the actual writing will be the easiest part. With all of the information prearranged and in place, you can focus on “write my paper” process and making the body of your paper well-written, clear, and make it sound pleasing to the reader. Also, with a good enough outline, you are essentially plugging things into where they go (in law school, we call this “pigeonholing”) so that even if you don’t feel like writing, or if you think you are burnt out from school or the writing process, you can keep going with relative ease knowing that the hardest part is done.

Also, save the introduction and conclusion paragraphs or sections until last, and write those when you are in good shape to write. Once you have completed the rest of the writing, you will be better able to look at the work as a whole, but with the specifics in mind. That way, you can ensure that your beginning and ending lead the reader into the material and into the conclusion you have drawn, without crowding them with too many details too early or leaving the paper lacking a conclusion. You will also have a better idea of how your paper ended up working, what to include and what not to include in your overarching paragraphs.

Let it Cool

Once you have written the whole paper, take at least a day, preferably 2-3 days, before you look at it again. This requires two things. First, you finish the paper well in advance of its due date. Second, you schedule your writing of the paper in the most productive way. If you happen to finish a paper close to the deadline, still give it as much time to cool off as you can. The biggest benefit of this is that when you edit it the first time, you will be looking at it with clean eyes, and with a more open mind.

Edit…

During the cooling-off time, give your paper to someone else to read. Find a friend, a classmate, or a teacher with an interest in the topic you’re writing about. If you have done a good job choosing a topic you like, then chances are that at least one of your friends will be interested in it too. You may have to trade a favor for this, but having someone else read your paper and give your comments before turning in your final version is incredibly valuable. Besides, if you follow all of the steps to the best of your ability, your friend will probably enjoy reading your work.

Edit…

After the paper has cooled, take all of your friend’s suggestions into account, and change your paper in a way that you think addresses his concerns. However, remember that this is your paper even if you asked someone to “help write my essay”, and even if the advice comes from your teacher, you are never required to change anything. Yet, since you are writing for your teacher or people like your friends, their views of the paper will reveal your strengths and weaknesses so that you can make the paper rock solid.

After this editing, then you edit the paper by yourself. Take the time to sit down and read your whole paper very carefully. Make sure that you said everything you wanted to say, that you don’t have anything in the paper that you don’t need, and that the paper sounds the way you want it to sound. During this edit, the content is much more important than grammar and proofreading, but if you find those mistakes, go ahead and correct them.

Edit!

This is where you edit your paper for grammatical, typographical, and other proofreading errors. Do this at least once, and at the end of the process. Two to three times is preferable, but if you’re in school you may not have the time. Make sure that you proofread at least once for little errors. Those little errors can cost you big because the teacher will think that you slacked off and didn’t put all the effort into the paper that you could or should have. Remember, teachers don’t care how many other classes or activities you have, for each one, their class is the most important.

Turn it in with No Regrets

If you have put your full effort into each one of these steps, you should end up with a paper you are proud of. That, after all, is the whole point of writing papers. Grades are not given, they are earned, and if you have enough personal investment in a piece of writing to make yourself proud, it will come through in your words, and you will get a good grade.

 

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