WRITING STRATEGIES help you improve your writing process. The process usually includes these steps: planning, researching, drafting, revising, and editing/proofreading. The steps are the same for essays, lab reports, product documentation, or project proposals.
Read other academic writing. Textbooks and journal articles in your discipline offer excellent models on how to organize your paper, incorporate quotes, or even write an effective introduction or conclusion.
Use your assignment guidelines to inform your research and organization.
Try different brainstorming techniques such as mapping, freewriting, questioning, or speaking aloud to yourself or a friend.
Create an outline for your work to help you focus your essay and stay on track.
Wait a day before you start revising your first draft. After a sleep, your mind will be detached from the writing enough to look at it with a clear, critical eye.
If you're having a hard time getting started, book an appointment with your instructor or with a Camosun writing tutor.
Throughout the writing process, you may find it helpful to read aloud to yourself or another person. Speaking uses a different part of your brain than writing does, and it's an especially helpful strategy to try if you're feeling stuck.
What do you find most interesting about your topic?
Do you think about how you can best present the information to make the biggest impact on your readers?
What sources are you using? Are they credible and peer-reviewed?
Do you write an entire first draft without stopping just to get your ideas on paper? Or do you write from an outline, creating each sentence slowly and methodically?
Do you ever ask for feedback on your draft from a friend who has good writing skills or a Writing Centre consultant?
Reflect on your assignment before beginning.
Read your assignment guidelines carefully before beginning and refer back to them throughout the writing process.
Before you begin your first draft, set yourself up for success.
Test your working thesis and organize your paragraphs.
Take a look at these “big picture” tips to revise your work for clarity and flow:
Take the time to focus on the fine details of each paragraph and sentence.
Take the time to proofread your final draft.
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