Writing Tip #25 - Putting It Together: Organization
A.A. Milne said: “Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.” Organizing is especially important before writing a paper. An outline is usually the best approach to organizing in this instance.
Use the standard academic paper outline of introduction (with thesis), body of paper (following thesis), and conclusion. An outline can be just a couple of words for each section, or it can be a full sentence for each section. For instance, you can write out the first sentence of each paragraph.
Even some “chicken scratch” on a napkin is better than no organization! Be systematic about checking your organization. Use the outline you have written to check each section of the paper.
Organization can also include making sure you have attended to other commitments so that you have the time to devote to writing a paper without being rushed.
Also, collect all of the materials, texts, etc. that you will need for your paper and keep them near your computer.
Organizing before you begin the writing process can save a lot of time.