WRITING STRATEGIES help you improve your writing process. The process usually includes these steps: planning, researching, drafting, revising, and editing/proofreading. The steps are the same for essays, lab reports, product documentation, or project proposals.
Read other academic writing. Textbooks and journal articles in your discipline offer excellent models on how to organize your paper, incorporate quotes, or even write an effective introduction or conclusion.
Use your assignment guidelines to inform your research and organization.
Try different brainstorming techniques such as mapping, freewriting, or questioning.
Create an outline for your work to help you focus your essay and stay on track.
Wait a day before you start revising your first draft. After a sleep, your mind will be detached from the writing enough to look at it with a clear, critical eye.
If you're having a hard time getting started, book an appointment with your instructor or with a Camosun writing tutor.
What do you find most interesting about your topic?
Do you think about how you can best present the information to make the biggest impact on your readers?
What sources are you using? Are they credible and peer-reviewed?
Do you write an entire first draft without stopping just to get your ideas on paper? Or do you write from an outline, creating each sentence slowly and methodically?
Do you ever ask for feedback on your draft from a friend who has good writing skills or a Writing Centre consultant?