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Stages of Writing
Writing Drafts

Writing Drafts

Finally, after you have finished a long process of defining the topic of your essay, analyzing it, brainstorming ideas, performing literature research and formulating a statement and composing outline, you are ready to start writing your essay as it is. This stage symbolizes a transition from purely mental work and preparation to the actual activity of writing.

Let us consider this important stage in a detailed way:

  1. Look at your outline, take a deep breath and start writing the introductory paragraph. Its main purpose is to evoke the reader’s interest in the topic. Try to begin with some background information about how this topic is related to you, including your thesis and the markers of how the essay will be organized.
  2. The next step is writing the supporting paragraphs. Start your paragraph with a topic sentence – the one that will contain the main idea of the passage and then support it with strong details of your personal experience, if appropriate. Make sure the sentences in the paragraph are united into a unified single whole, otherwise your essay is likely to look simply as a collection of separate sentences and sound too choppy. This can be achieved by repeating keywords or substituting them with their synonyms, referring the keyword to a pronoun or by adding linking words and expressions.
  3. Then proceed with the conclusion, which is actually a summary of the previously mentioned ideas. The conclusion must be written in the way that once having read it, the reader will have a very clear idea of what your essay is about. The ideas for conclusion are very similar to the ideas in the introduction, however, there is more emphasis on the result of the issue consideration.

Now read your essay carefully and pay attention to:

  • The logical development.
  • Smooth transitions.
  • Simple sentences structure.
  • Compound sentences structure.
  • Complex sentences structure.
  • Inversions and agreements.
  • Vocabulary and usage of the lexical units.

In order to help you at the stage of writing, we’ve developed some useful tips on the most important writing skills. You are welcome to view them in the Writing tips section.

If you spot any mistakes, correct them, and remember, “The one who does not make mistakes never learns”.

Now that you have a proper topic, analyzed it, got a list of ideas, performed literature research, formulated the main statement, composed detailed outline and wrote one or several drafts, you are ready for the final stage.