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Starting the writing process: A short guide

Stage 3: Planning

Based on what you read and wrote during Stage 2, you can use this to develop a detailed essay plan. Following this, you can continue reading and taking notes, changing the plan if necessary.

  • Organise the points you want to make into broad sections. Even if you decide not to use essay headings in your final version, it can be helpful to use them to structure your drafts.
  • Decide what your central argument is going to be, what points you want to make in support of it, and what evidence you will use to back up those points.
  • Consider the flow from one point to the next; what will be the best order for your ideas? Outline the shape of your essay before you begin to flesh out its paragraphs.
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