Process of Writing a Long Essay regan patterson

After completing the annotated bibliography, the first step to writing a long essay is to organize your information into categories. I generally do this by:

  1. Highlighting the information on my sources that I am going to use.
  2. Creating headings to organize the information.
  3. Writing each piece of information onto a notecard.
  4. Separate notecards by heading.

The next step is to use the categorized information to create an outline. Each main heading of an outline (greek numbers) should be the heading of its own paragraph. Below the heading, use the separate information on each of the notecards to write a supporting detail to the heading. The more you indent beneath the main topic, the more specific the details get. Here is an example:

The next step is to write the first draft of the paper using the outline as a guide:

  1. Begin with an introduction to open up the discussion of the topic that you will be talking about in the paper.
  2. End the intro with a thesis statement that is a little bit more specific to tell the reader the point of the paper.
  3. Use each heading in the outline to write a topic sentence for a paragraph and use the supporting details as sentences to makeup the body.
  4. Finish with a conclusion that sums up all the information discussed and restate the thesis.


Now that the first draft has been written, it most likely is choppy because it was written directly from the information from the outline. Read the paper and proofread and continue to rewrite each draft until it flows smoothly and discusses all topics needed to conclude your thesis.

you have a paper


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