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Structure the Backbone of Writing

Writing! People spend months often years trying to perfect their writing. One of the most difficult things in the world to master, writing has been the way of transferring ideas from one mind to the next. It has evolved from being used for stories, to research, to messaging, and even puzzles. Without writing the world would be at a stand still people would be bored beyond belief. People need writing, but what does writing need? The answer to that question is structure. Writing needs structure to stay focused and give clear thoughts to the audience each individual writer chooses to address.

Writing Is like a child, it starts out weak and without a strong structure, it falls apart the farther in life it gets, or in writing terms the farther into the book or paper it gets. In life if a child has a rocky start and doesn’t get the necessary nutrition and skills needed to survive they could end up on the wrong end of life and be in trouble. This is similar to writing in multiple ways. In writing if you don’t have the necessary thesis statement, supporting ideas,(nutrition) and style that grabs the reader’s attention (skills) than your ideas often fall apart and you head off topic often resulting in the loss of a reader.

In writing the reader is everything. The reader is the critic, the audience, and the consumer. Without the reader there is no story. Often students and writers in the professional world will lose structure in the middle of their writing and go off topic. This often results in a loss of the reader’s attention. People love to read good books, articles, and essays. It is almost an aspect of life and good structure makes a good writing.

When writing it is a key point to have a good introduction, this is the backbone for your entire essay. Without a spine a human does not stand straight. Without an introduction a essay does not stay together. The introduction should be a lay out of your entire essay it holds your thesis statement and all the supporting ideas that your body paragraphs will be talking about. It is important to keep your structure clean and clear so it is easier for you to pass on your thoughts. Don’t get off topic. Stick to your topic and full fill you purpose of writing to the fullest.

Learning to structure a paper cleanly and clearly is the first step in mastering the art of writing. It often takes years for people to become great writers often people never achieve mastery in writing due to its difficulty, but multiple people have come close and its all because they knew how to structure their writings. They were brilliant and many people would consider them genius. So ask yourself will you be the next “Genius” who can efficiently structure their papers and make wonderful pieces that shall be read for centuries or will you be the writer who loses their ideas midway through a story or essay? Everyone has the potential, but it takes practice. As the key phrase goes, ”practice makes perfect!”

Take the time and revise

You think your paper is perfect and clear? Well it isn’t. Nobody does anything right the first time, that is why when writing we have revising. Revising your paper is like a second chance. It allows you to correct your mistakes and really make sure your paper makes sense. You want your reader to understand your argument and the topic you are discussing. I mean when you are reading do you want to be confused? NOPE, so don’t make your paper confusing to your reader. Be smart and do it right. Going back through is going to help make your paper appear more credible and help you look credible. You will be able to fix silly mistakes and of course, make sure you make sense.

It is important when going back and revising your paper that you look over your arguments. You want to make sure you state both sides of what you are arguing. The trouble many people have in writing is adding the counter-argument to their argument. The counter-argument is like being nice to a bully. Nobody wants to be nice, but sometimes you have too. Nobody wants to give credit to the person who opposes their view, but you have too, because in the end it benefits you. Adding the counter argument in your paper automatically gives your paper more credibility. It shows your reader that you understand your stance isn’t the only stance on the topic, that there are other sides.

Next, you want to make sure your argument is clear. It is important to make sure the reader understands the argument you are stating. Sometimes when we are writing we can get carried away in arguing our points and start rambling. Once again this is why we have revising. Revising will allow you to go back and check for rambling and check to make sure your argument makes sense. Your argument should be clear to the reader. If you are talking about one point, don’t talk about another. In your thesis statement you choose about 2-3 points to talk about in your writing. DO NOT talk about different points while arguing one. In order to keep your argument clear you want to stick to the points that you choose. Adding to many will confuse the reader, which we have already said we don’t want to do.

Lastly remember when to remain objective and subjective. When you are going back through your paper you want to check through and make sure that you are being subjective when you need to and objective when allowed. Subjective is putting your opinion into the paper and objective is not. The first paragraph should always remain objective until your thesis. Also the conclusion should always remain objective. The conclusion is when you are tying everything together. We don’t want to hear any more of your opinions or arguments. The right time to be subjective in your paper is when you are stating your argument in your paper. This is when you can add your opinion. This is when the reader wants to know what your thinking and how you feel. Knowing when to be subjective and objective helps your writing become more credible. It is worth going back and revising to make sure.

Are we done yet?

No, wait a minute, you’re not done with your paper yet! Do you really think that your paper is good enough for others to read? Have you read over your paper? I know, I know you have many other things you would like to do but, maybe you should consider looking over your paper. Sometimes taking a break from your paper and then coming back to it and reading it will help you find some errors you may have made. Try to give yourself enough time to be able to take a break before you look over your paper. One of the big things that will separate your paper from your classmates is the way you word your sentences, and transition between topics. You’ll look that much smarter when your reader thinks you actually know what you’re talking about. You don’t actually have to know what you’re talking about, just make them think you do. How you write tells your audience more about you then you think. So making sure you revise your writing before you have others read it is more important than you may think.

When looking through your paper, look for words you may have repeated many times. For example look for over used adjectives. Over used adjectives can cause your reader to lose interest in your paper. Also, your reader may think that you don’t know any other words besides the adjectives you’ve used over and over again. Try thinking or looking up other words to replace the ones you’ve already used. This gives the person reading your paper some excitement and keeps them interested. Also, your reader may be impressed that you know such astonishing words. See doesn’t that sound cool? I bet you think I’m very intelligent just because I used the word astonishing. If you have a variety of words the reader will think that you have a wide vocabulary and it will make them think you’re really smart. Thats just one little thing you should think about while rereading your paper.

Also as you reread your paper, look at your transitions. Do you use good transitions words to guide your reader from one topic to the other? One thing many writers do is they’ll just hop from one thing to the next and don’t use transitions. Thus making the reader super confused because they don’t know what they’re reading. Pretend your reader is like a child, you have to guide them from one thing to the next. And yes I know it’s annoying, but it will help your reader have a better understanding of what you’re actually talking about in your paper. It will also improve your grade if your paper is for a certain class. Everything in your paper needs to be clear and to the point. The paper has to have a good flow. Think of what you would want to read if you were reading a book or an essay of someone elses. Would you rather have it jump from subject to subject and have no idea what is going on, or would you rather have it smoothly transition from subject to subject?

So please, if theres one thing you do in life…..reread your paper. It will help you in the long run.