Drafting an Essay

An essay can be drafted in any order. You do not have to draft your introduction first and your conclusion last. In fact, it usually works best if your introduction is the last thing you draft. By the time your essay has been completed, you know exactly what you have discussed in your essay and so can construct a concise, well-worded introduction based on your essay rather than your essay based around your introduction. Drafting an outline to your essay is one of the most helpful things you can do in order to create a coherent piece of writing. As you are reading and re-reading the texts you are using, highlight key passages that are candidates for quotations in your essay. A good indicator to tell if a quotation is important or not is “Does it reveal the theme of the piece?” If the answer is yes, then chances are it is an important quotation.

Revising an Essay:
While drafting may seem time-consuming, it is usually nothing compared to the time put into revising and polishing an essay. If you do no other revising, please, PLEASE,

PLEASE do this: READ

YOUR ESSAY OUT LOUD. Read it to your mom, your dad, your dog,
your cat, your little brother, your big sister, your grandmother, your uncle, the guy beside you at the bus stop, to yourself, as long as it is spoken aloud. It might sound amazing in your head, but until it is out in the open, you will not (I guarantee you) find all of your errors in flow, in conventions, in structure and every other error essay writers make.

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