Writing Tip #29 - Backing It Up: Supporting Your Thesis
Ernest Hemingway said: “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” Although writing a college paper may sometimes feel like a blood-letting, the difference between writing a novel and writing a paper is that academic writing contains a specific formula. The thesis is the driving force of a paper. A thesis is often one sentence, but it can be more than one.
A simple thesis rule is to list the exact topics that you will be covering in the paper. For example: “The Knights Templar guarded pilgrims on their trips to the Holy Land; they were bankers, and they were put to death in 1314 by King Philip of France.” This thesis statement lists three topics that can be discussed in three separate paragraphs.
Once the thesis is established, use it as a guide for the rest of the paper. Whatever you have addressed in the thesis statement, you must include in your document. Backing up your thesis ensures that you stay on topic and include all pertinent information.