I know I can’t be the only one who struggles with starting a paper, so I sat down and thought about what works best for me when I’m trying to write a paper.The result is this post, a step-by-step guide to actually getting started on a paper – any length, any subject, any time.I also like to leave space for evidence under each main point.
Finally, take one last look at the order of your supporting points. Writing them ahead of time makes you think in advance about how your points connect, and will give you a clear road map to follow once you actually start writing.
You now have all the pieces you need to put your paper together.
Almost all colleges (and most high schools) will give you access to some great academic databases through their library website; databases are a great alternative to Google since most articles will be peer-reviewed and reputable.
As a library worker, I have to say – try actually physically going to the library!
Now you probably know what most of the body of your paper will look like, which means you can write your official thesis statement.
An ideal thesis is strongly worded, straightforward, and tells your readers exactly what you’ll be arguing in the upcoming pages.Summarize the point you’d like to make, and explain how it supports your thesis.Having strong topic sentences is helpful because it gives you a goal.It occurs when a writer feels truly stuck and unable to write.There are many possible causes, including anxiety, stress, or a simple lack of understanding of the material.Make sure you follow all instructions on the prompt to a T, and keep it handy as you write, so you can consult it.If your prompt included a grading rubric, you’ve hit the jackpot.Writing is never a smooth process, and most successful writing proceeds in fits and starts.Writer’s block refers to those greater-than-ordinary blockages.Rubrics are the holy grail of paper writing – they’ll tell you exactly how strongly your instructor values each part of your paper so you know where to devote most of your energy. If you need outside research for your paper, it might be tempting to start there, but I encourage you not to.Like I said, you’re probably making your own argument and using other sources to prove it, so it’s best to start your outline with an original thought.