This is hands down, proven and tested, the best method you’ll ever find and need, and it’s all here laid out for you to use.
These aren’t suggestions, tips or recommendations either: these are the necessary steps and processes you must go through to write ‘A’ papers consistently, no matter who you are or what you skill level may be, it’s never too early or late to start using this method and seeing results. You will start benefiting from it right away. Let’s go!
1. Brainstorm and Write Your Thesis, Build it Around a Claim, Premise or Idea
There’s a crucial distinction to make and maintain in your mind: it’s not a thesis, it’s your thesis. It’s yours and only yours, so the direction you take it in is your decision. Sometimes it’s natural to others and sometimes not, either way, it starts with you. You need to be creative in coming up with your thesis, not just run with something because a source told you to. You need to interpret your topic in your own way and be original.
With the reading of every paper comes the natural question, “What’s it all about anyway?”
That’s answered by your thesis, it’s your answer to that question, and you state it upfront in your introduction to your reader because it’s the only way it makes sense, to let them know right away to keep on reading.
Without one you’re just vague, ambiguous and nothing special. No one would have a reason to read your paper Research Paper because there’s no promise of learning something. With it, your specific and exacting with your thesis and statement, you’re enticing to read and spark their interest and keep their attention. Staying in the active voice and sentence construction also helps achieve this effect.
So how do you find your thesis and go about putting it down on paper? Passion and interest. Yes, passion, and not the romantic kind but what naturally piques your interest. This isn’t the only way, but it’s the best way.
If you just can’t find the most interesting thing or anything interesting at all, you might try doing the most applicable and easiest topic from a practical point of view. If picking a topic just because it’s easy appeals to you, I’d say go for it.
Anywhere where you can get your self-interest going, even if it means doing less of things you don’t like, like writing research papers, can be productive and motivates you further.
But ideally, and we don’t live in an ideal world, find something about the topic that interests you; a question, a statement, a claim to prove or disprove, that way it’ll be much easier for you to write something great because you’ll be involved and interested in the subject and you’ll have your heart in it. It’s always better to interlace passion with your thesis. Make it interesting and you’ll be motivated to work harder.
Here are 3 of the best ways to find interest in any topic you have to write about:
1) Connect it back to your personal interests; what you already think about and are interested in, what you care about. Connect it back to you and you’ll naturally be more inclined to write about it because it’s interesting to you.
2) Find a theme within your primary text and elaborate upon it. Don’t expound or summarize, but make a claim and use pieces of your text to back it up with brilliant quotes and analysis. This one is my personal favorite.
3) Use what you get from classroom discussion and group brainstorming. This one is natural, but some instructors are better at organizing group debate and peer reviews, and some a lot better. If you’re lucky enough to get one of the good ones, you’ll be able to mingle with your like-minded peers in a classroom setting.
These are specific methods and work in their own right, but you can also use a combination all three.
2. Outline Your Paper into Actionable Steps, so You’ll Always Know What You Have to do Next, and if You’re Doing the Right things
Yes, outlining. It’s that thing you always know you should do and do more of but never actually get around to it.
You skip it and jump right into the writing because you figure it’ll be faster that way. Writing writes the paper, not outlining, right? So if you start writing now, you’ll be done quicker. What is outlining anyway? It’s a waste of time and you’ll shorten the whole process and make it easier on yourself if you don’t do it. Right?
Wrong. Skipping outlining lengthens the writing process and assures you’ll write a worse paper than you would have if you had taken 10-30 minutes to brainstorm and write one out. So take the time to write down your thesis and figure how you’ll elaborate on it and prove your point.
It’s nuanced and difficult to define exactly how to write an outline with just a few, general, hard and fast rules. It’s also very personal and depends on the individual, varying greatly from person to person, but here goes nothing anyway. This is what you need to have at the very least: