Advice on the Writing Process

In class on March 22nd, Dr. Martin shared with my several classmates and I his writing process. I knew that documenting this would be beneficial to my future papers. It’s been about 10 days since I’ve had this writing process jotted down in my notebook and I’ve already been able to use this strategy on two different papers. It was fabulous. It seemed as though, just like that, my writing was so much more clear. One important thing to remember when using this process is that you should physically write everything down before coming up with a thesis statement.

So here it is, the amazing and beneficial Writing Process by Dr. Martin, in my own words (and most of his.)

Step 1:  Read or listen to the assignment.  

This is an obvious step in the writing process. This is the step where you understand what you will be writing about.

Step 2: Take 3-5 minutes to write down everything that comes to mind on the assignment.

This can include anything you know or want to know involving what you decided to write in step one. After five minutes of writing,  put everything to the side and walk away. You should leave the paper and ideas alone for at least a day so that the assignment doesn’t end up becoming a last minute to do.

Step 3: Reread the assignment and your notes.

During this step, you should highlight anything important that sticks out in your work. This is when you should consider if your ideas answer, argue, or respond to the assignment.

Step 4: Do an audience analysis.

During this step, one important question to consider is “Who would read this paper?” By asking yourself this question, you are allowed to answer what your audience already knows, what they don’t know, and what they need to know. “When you write what they need to know versus write what you want say will allow the paper to be more effective, interesting, and fun to write” (Martin.)

Step 5: Begin your (working) introduction/thesis/claim

The reason this is a working intro/thesis/claim because it will be edited as you write. As Dr. Martin pointed out in class, these sections of texts cannot be effective at the very beginning of the text.

During class he went on to explain the difference between a claim and thesis. Dr. Martin shared that a thesis is a statement of fact, not arguable while a claim can be arguable. One example of a thesis statement is, “Marijuana has numerous medical applications, such as treating symptoms of epilepsy, cancer, and glaucoma. Legalizing the use of marijuana in the U.S. will greatly benefit the medical sector by giving physicians access to this lifesaving drug” (Tepper.) This statement can be supported by reports experiments performed to allow doctors to prescribe marijuana as a medication.

One example of a claim statement is, “There were several decisions made by George W. Bush during his presidency that made him a bad president for the United States of America.” One can argue this claim by stating the things George Bush had done during his presidency that had made him a good president.

The final step before you actually begin to write the paper is;

Step 6: Research!

One thing Dr. Martin asks us to use in our papers are scholarly peer reviewed articles. This is a good way to use relevant information to your topic, find texts the support your argument, and have sources that work with your paper.

Until next time,

B

P.S. This is my first post using sources!

Sources:

Martin, Michael. “Dr. Martin’s Writing Process.” March 22, 2017. Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. Lecture.

Tepper, Naomi. “10 thesis statement examples to inspire your next argumentative essay.” Kibin Essay Writing. July 14, 2014. Web. April 2, 2017.

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