All writers, whether they are students or working professionals, occasionally struggle with getting started on a writing project. While no two people follow exactly the same process, here are some tips to help get you started:
Make sure you understand the parameters (or directions) for the assignment. Read all the materials the instructor has provided, and ask questions if anything is unclear.
Take notes as you read through the directions.
Find examples of the type of writing assignment you must complete. Ask the instructor for examples when available.
Begin your project by using a pre-writing strategy such a creating an outline, mind-map, cluster, list, or web. (These techniques are discussed in detail below).
Consult a tutor. Professional tutors who work for Baker College Tutoring Services are knowledgeable about the projects you are assigned in your courses. It is very helpful to plan a project with a tutor before you begin writing.
Some writers find it helpful to discuss their writing project with a friend or family member. Talking about an assignment can lead to new ideas.
Do not overlook the need to investigate, research, and analyze as part of the process. It can help to investigate what type of scholarly sources are available on a topic by using the databases housed within guides.baker.edu
Create a thesis statement and begin pre-writing and planning.
Many writing projects include directions to write for the "appropriate" audience, but what does that mean? This brief handout explains the concept of the audience as it pertains to writing and composition.