Step 3: Writing a Draft
I enjoy making as many connections as I can in my writing. I think that truly good writing comes as a result of one’s ability to see the delicate interlacing of ideas that exist around us in the world. Through the process of writing my essay, I was able to draw parallels between literature, history, philosophy, and economics.
I always begin my writing with an outline. I think the hardest part about writing an essay is culminating the research into a feasible, presentable outline. After I have a set structure, I place the quotes or ideas from my sources that need cited within the body of the outline. From there, I add my own personal ideas and thoughts, and then I concentrate on developing the outline into comprehensible sentences.
I wrote a general outline and then just started writing my first draft. I made a schedule of what sections I needed to finish each day, and I kept to that pretty well. The first draft is an important part of the process. This is the first time the ideas are fleshed out on paper. Since nothing is written in stone, it’s a good time to see what works and what doesn’t work. It's also really neat to see all of your ideas come together.