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  • 1. HOW TO WRITE AN ESSAY WITH ½ THE STRESS By Tessa Wilson University of Utah Writing Center
  • 2. Find Out What Your Professor Wants • Get the assignment prompt and break it down into its individual parts • This will make sure that you end up with an essay that fits the assignment • It also gives you a rough outline to start with
  • 3. Don’t Start with the Introduction Paragraph • This is a great way of stumping yourself ten minutes into the writing process • Instead of trying to write an intro for a paper that doesn’t exist yet: • start with the first body paragraph • or start writing answers to the assignment prompt
  • 4. Your Awesome Body Paragraphs • The cool thing about the essay is that you get to tell people what to think as long as you can support your argument • Try to stick with one basic idea per paragraph • Try to mean what you say because it makes the writing process a lot easier
  • 5. Conclusion Paragraph • The conclusion is like the end of a 30 second commercial where they hold the product up at the end, just in case you forgot you were watching a Hot Pockets commercial • Hold up all your arguments for the audience one more time just in case they forgot what they just read
  • 6. Introduction paragraph • After writing some body paragraphs and a conclusion, rewrite your conclusion and introduce your topic • Notice how its easier to introduce something after you’ve written it • The last sentence of the introduction is your thesis statement
  • 7. Thesis statements • Get the prompt from slide 2 back out • Make a single sentence that talks about all those points • If you’re having a hard time starting, write a sentence that says, “In this essay, I argue that…”, and then list your arguments • You can always revise this in the next draft
  • 8. Quotes • Quotes add credibility and length to your paper. • You need to talk before and after a quote • tell people who you’re quoting • tell people why they should care • Always end a quote with a citation, even if you didn’t directly copy their words
  • 9. Citations • Avoid Microsoft Word’s built in citation maker • Use citationmachine.net or easybib.com instead • With a little practice, it’s just as fast to make your own citations, it also gives you more control about what information you need
  • 10. Done • Reward yourself! • You’ve made an awesome first draft • Be proud of yourself