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Lesson #21 - Writing Papers, Part 1
There are two major parts of writing a good paper. The first is to develop the ideas and prepare a first draft. The second part is to develop and refine your ideas and to produce a final paper.
In this lesson, you will learn about the first part of writing a paper. Remember that STUDY SMART suggests that you study systematically using PAT. We think you should write in the same way. To do your best, you should first, by Preparing, then, by Acting and finally, by Testing.
Q: How can you Prepare for writing?
Like other preparation, you want to drive out competing ideas so you can focus your attention when you write. You also want to build on your knowledge to learn more and make writing easier.
There are several Actions you should take to Prepare to write:
When you have completed these preparation actions, you should begin putting ideas on paper.Q: What is a good way to get started writing?
The best way is to take action. Many people find it hard to begin a paper. One reason is that they don't have a clear idea of how to begin. However, they usually do have many good ideas. The problem is how to start.
Before you actually write, think about what you want to say. Your paper must have main points.
Write down the important ideas you think of for your paper. Write as many as you can. Don't worry about sentences or punctuation. Make a list of the main points you want to make. Then write all the ideas you can think of that you want to use to support these main points.
When you have finished writing all the ideas you can think of, review your list. Add anything more that comes to your mind. Then review the list again.
This time, organize your list by putting similar ideas together. You can cut up your list so you can put ideas in piles if you like. Some people write their ideas on index cards and put these together in piles.
Finally, look at your piles of ideas and put them in order. Decide which are main points and which are details, and choose the order to write them in.Q. Do you write, now?
Actually, everything you have done so far is a part of writing. But, now you are ready to begin a first draft. Begin by writing about the ideas you have in each of your piles of ideas. Keep your main idea in mind, but do not worry about spelling, sentence structure, and grammar. Your goal at this point is to get your ideas on paper.
As a final word on preparing, remember that writing takes all your concentration and attention. You will do your best writing in a quiet place with few distractions. Make it easy on yourself to write.Q: How can you start to write better papers?
For practice try two activities:
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