Drafting an excellent essay

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Drafting an excellent essay is an art that demands skill, hard work, and passion.  Having drafted your masterpiece, it is useful to have expert guidance on its revision.  The asset you immediately have upon completing the draft is the power of hindsight.  But you must use this power with respect and skill.  Ask yourself pertinent questions, and be honest.  Perhaps you actually found the topic too complex, and your paper lacked focus and clarity.  Or, your original topic proved less compelling than other ideas you fleshed out during writing.  Maybe you ran into some problems in logic, and got caught in contradiction.

Unemployed Professors wants to help you avoid these traps through artful and skillful revision.  We offer a useful guide which can serve as an algorithm for the perfect revision:

  • Put the draft down. Objectivity and clarity will form with distance from original creation.
  • Solicit Feedback. Drafts are always subject to one very serious problem: you know what you are saying, but your reader doesn’t.  Allow others to tell you what you have written.  Reply by telling them what you were trying to say.  Articulation will lead to clarity, which will produce a compelling paraphrase.
  • Re-Outline the Paper. Identify the main ideas of each paragraph.  Rank their importance in relation to your argument.  Re-structure the paper accordingly, in order of increasing importance of these ideas.  Ensure that connections between ideas are well and clearly articulated.
  • Re-Approach the Thesis. The original argument may have changed in the process of executing the above step.  Rearticulate the thesis as necessary.  This may then necessitate: further restructuring, the cutting of redundancy and irrelevancy, and the addition of elaborating points and implications.  During this critical part of revision, it may be necessary to return to source materials to find new substantiating quotes and citations.
  • Revise Introduction and Conclusion. Given all the rejigging of the argument and re-articulation of the thesis, it will doubtless be necessary to revisit both the introduction and conclusion of your paper.  The introduction should begin with a fairly broad opening sentence that introduces the topic, and work toward the very precise argument – the thesis. The conclusion should be essentially an inversion of the introductory paragraph, and perhaps end with further question(s) to explore on the topic.
  • Proofread. Thoroughly proofread the paper.  Ensure there are no errors in spelling, grammar, and syntax.  Also read through for style.  If you are not blessed with the stylistic felicities normally attributed to ‘good writing,’ then have a peer who is thus blessed read your paper.

By following this simple blueprint, you will find that your papers will be more compellingly argued, flow more smoothly, and feature more elegant prose.  The art of revision is an essential tool in your undergraduate arsenal, and one we at Unemployed Professors strongly advise mastering.

With that in mind, ask the team of academic professionals at UnemployedProfessors.com any questions you may have regarding their college writing services and they will be more than happy to guide you along the arduous path!

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