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The Writing Process
Transcript of The Writing Process
Who will be reading this paper?
How much do they know about the topic?
What social or personal characteristics— such as age, culture, politics, etc.—might affect their reading of the paper?
Based on audience, consider tone:
Is the audience assigned to a professor or friend?
Is the writing formal or informal?
CONSIDER the AUDIENCE
*Try concept maps (clustering) or
*Flashcards are ideal for writing
notes and for moving ideas around.
DEVELOPING A THESIS STATEMENT
Consider the thesis statement as a “road map”; it lays out what the reader should expect .
Provides answers to
specific problems or
Maintains focus on
these sections, group
Based on your research and and evidence, add supporting ideas and evidence.
Catch the reader’s attention
Clearly introduce the topic
Contain the thesis statement
As a hook:
Refer to current events
Tell a story or personal anecdote
Use a quote
Make a startling statement
Pose an unexpected, but relevant question
Start With a Topic Sentence
Think of this like a mini-thesis.
What will the paragraph be about?
1. Anecdote- A personal experience
2. Statistics- Use of numbers
3. Authority/Expert- ex. Information from a doctor
4 Analogy- Comparison between two things
5. Hypothetical Situation- Prediction/ "What if..."
Five Types of Evidence for Body Paragraphs:
Explain what the quote means.
How does the quote prove/support the thesis?
End with a concluding sentence.
Keep it brief
Return to and reemphasize the main idea
Provide a sense of closure
Call for action
Issue a warning
Use a relevant quote
Rewrite the Introduction
Add, delete, or rearrange information.
PROOFREADING & EDITING
Correct mistakes in:
Other mechanical errors
Review proper citation
Use writer's handbook, TAMIU Writing Center handouts, or ask
TAMIU Writing Center consultants for help.
EFFECTIVE BODY PARAGRAPHS:
TAMIU Writing Center Presents:
Make an appointment to guarantee time slot.
Appointments are made 24 hours in advance.
Walk-ins are welcome.
Call: 326-2884 or 326-2883
Visit: Cowart Hall 203
Ensure paper supports the thesis.
Include transitions between paragraphs.
Don't be surprised if revised draft is dramatically different from original.
Revise more than once.
Do this before actually writing a full essay.
Choose and narrow a topic by doing the following:
Assess the audience and purpose.
Research the topic.
Develop a thesis statement.
Organize and Outline your ideas.
This is where the writing begins!
(MLA, APA, Chicago, etc)
IN 4 EASY STEPS
Use the arrow keys below to navigate to & fro.
writing can be a tough process, but it doesn't have to be.
these four easy-to-follow steps cover all things pre-writing, drafting, revising, and proofreading with helpful examples included for further instruction.