Presentation on Writing: How to write an Organized paper by Alex Ford 7 December 2008 ENC1102.701 Kyle Stedman
Why is Organization so important when writing? <ul><li>It can help writers avoid procrastination and frustration </li></ul><ul><li>It can help writers be more efficient and productive with their time </li></ul><ul><li>It will make things easier in every step of an individual writer’s writing process </li></ul><ul><li>An organized paper will always be better than an unorganized one </li></ul><ul><li>Unorganized papers can be difficult to read and understand if it is severe enough </li></ul>
Getting Off on the Right Foot <ul><li>Proper organization starts before you even write your name on your paper </li></ul><ul><li>It is crucial to be organized when brainstorming for a topic or for points or ideas and write them down on paper </li></ul><ul><li>It is also beneficial to gather research or conduct any interviews and have them organized to make full use of them </li></ul><ul><li>Then take all this information and create and outline to follow </li></ul>
Choosing the Right Outline <ul><li>An outline is the most important aspect of creating an organized paper as it summarizes the entire paper and gives the writer that metaphorical blue print to follow when writing the actual paper </li></ul><ul><li>It is the writers preference when creating an outline whether to include the thesis and conclusion statements, but if possible it makes things much easier when writing the actual paper </li></ul><ul><li>There are many types of outlines and each one has different organizational visuals </li></ul><ul><li>It is important to experiment with different outlines to find the one that suites you the best </li></ul>
Web, Mind Map or Bubble Outline <ul><li>This outline consist of writing your ideas in bubbles that stem from the center bubble that represents the main idea of the paper </li></ul><ul><li>Main points stem directly from the center </li></ul><ul><li>Then smaller points and information stem off from those circles </li></ul>Image from http://www.school-for-champions.com/writing/graphicaloutlines.htm
The Formal Outline <ul><li>The Formal Outline is very flexible, but generally works by having an idea or topic then under it and tabbed are the ideas included in the latter one and so on </li></ul><ul><li>More important ideas are also distinguished from lesser ones by letter and case and number </li></ul><ul><li>Main points can also be in roman numeral </li></ul><ul><li>However, these outlines can be as simple as numbers or bullets, it all comes down to what each writer is most comfortable with and there’s nothing wrong with creating your own unique outline either </li></ul>Image found at http://communication.atwork-network.com/2007/05/21/how-can-i-use-an-outline-in-my-writing/
How do I want to Organize the actual paper? <ul><li>Now that you have chose an outline strategy you need to know how you will organize you paper in order to create your outline </li></ul><ul><li>There are four main types of organization to go by: chronological, spatial, topical, and climactic </li></ul><ul><li>Your decision of which way to organize your paper should be based mostly on the topic of your paper </li></ul>
Chronological Organization <ul><li>Chronological organization is when the topics or main points of your paper are written in the order in which they happened </li></ul><ul><li>This pattern is useful when writing about history or maybe narrating a personal memory of yours </li></ul><ul><li>However many other things can be organized in chronological order as well, just ask yourself if it makes sense to you and if it would make sense to someone who is reading your paper for the first time </li></ul>
Spatial Organization <ul><li>Spatial Organization refers to organizing items based on their physical location or relation to other items </li></ul><ul><li>For instance, if you are describing a house you might start with the front door and work your way to the back or items in a cabinet from top to bottom </li></ul><ul><li>Or if describing the branches of government you could start with the Executive branch in the Whitehouse and describe the other branches based on their respective building’s proximity to the Whitehouse </li></ul>
Topical Organization <ul><li>Topical organization is probably the easiest and most commonly used way to organize a paper or essay </li></ul><ul><li>It is based on the topic of the paper that lead to other lesser topics associated with the main topic </li></ul><ul><li>Such as if I was writing about pet care I might describe proper diet, grooming techniques then exercise requirements </li></ul><ul><li>However this changes if my topic were a day of caring for my pet, then I would likely choose chronological order </li></ul>
Climactic Organization <ul><li>Climactic Organization is simply putting events or topics in their order of importance from least to greatest </li></ul><ul><li>For example if I was describing a movie in climactic order I would describe it based on the importance of the scenes not necessarily the order they happened. </li></ul>
Drafting <ul><li>When you have your outline finished organized in the proper way the only thing left to do is write your first draft of the paper </li></ul><ul><li>If you have a complete outline this is very easy because you can just expand on the ideas you already have down </li></ul><ul><li>Now you have an actual paper and all that is left to do is to revise it yourself or have a peer do it until you are satisfied enough to turn in your final draft </li></ul>
That wasn’t so bad was it? <ul><li>Sometimes it can be hard to sit down and write a good paper, but being organized makes everything about writing easier </li></ul><ul><li>Remember that the only person who can make you get organized is yourself, but the best thing is that there isn’t a right or wrong way to do it just what suites you best </li></ul><ul><li>Now you have all the tools to write an organized paper in an organized way so the next time you sit down to write a paper you will definitely see an improvement in your skills and it will be easier too! </li></ul>
Works Cited <ul><li>"Organizing an Essay". Study Guide Zone. 7 December 2008 </li></ul><ul><li> <http://www.studyguidezone.com/organizinganessay.htm>. </li></ul><ul><li>"Organize your essay for Greater Effect". Associated Content. 7 December 2008 <http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/74812/organize_your_essay_for_greater_effect.html>. </li></ul><ul><li>"Sustaining Essay Writing Interest". Sensible Absurdity. 7 December 2008 <http://bestessays.wordpress.com/>. </li></ul>
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