The 5 Steps to a Successful Essay
Posted By: nangie; Category: Education; December 4, 2011
Author Angela Carson;

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Writing an essay does not have to be difficult. When writing an essay, you need a plan, resources, and adequate time. Writing is a process that requires steps to accomplish your goals. It is a step by step process to make you a great writer. These writing process steps can be applied to any type of creative writing.
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STEP 1: PREWRITING
THINK
• Decide on a topic to write about.
• Consider who will read or listen to your written work.
• Brainstorm ideas about the subject.
• List places where you can research information.
• Do your research.
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STEP 2: OUTLINE
PLANNING AND STRUCTURE
• Be sure that the supporting ideas relate to each other.
• Distinguish between ideas that are of equal importance and the ones that are of lesser importance.
• Use Roman numerals to identify main points that develop the thesis statement.
• Place the introduction and thesis statement at the beginning, under Roman numeral I.
• Use Capital letters to divide your main points into parts.
• Use Arabic numerals to subdivide any A’s, B’s, or C’s into smaller parts.
• End with the final Roman numeral to express your idea for your conclusion.
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STEP 3: DRAFTING
WRITE
• Put the information you researched into your own words.
• Write sentences and paragraphs even if they are not perfect.
• Read what you have written and judge if it says what you mean.
• Show it to others and ask for suggestions.
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STEP 4: REVISING
MAKE IT BETTER
• Read what you have written again.
• Think about what others said about it.
• Rearrange words or sentences.
• Take out or add parts.
• Replace overused or unclear words.
• Read your writing aloud to be sure it flows smoothly.
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STEP 5: EDITING
MAKE IT CORRECT
• Be sure all sentences are complete.
• Correct spelling, capitalization, and punctuation.
• Change words that are not used correctly.
• Have someone check your work.
• Recopy it correctly and neatly.
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