Research papers and essays can be intimidating enough as an assignment, but the long paper assignment - one around twenty pages - can scare students into total brain freeze.
If you're facing a twenty-page writing assignment, just relax and break the process down into manageable jobs.
- Research until you have five to ten subtopics or points to talk about. Separate your note cards into piles that represent topics you'll cover.
- Order your topics into a logical sequence, but don't get too caught up in this. You'll be able to rearrange the sections of your paper later.
- Take your first set of cards and write all you can about that specific topic. Try to use up three pages of writing.
- Move on to the next topic. Again, try to use three pages to elaborate on that topic. Don't worry about making this section flow from the first one. You are just writing about individual topics at this time.
- Once you have written a few pages for each topic, think again about the order. Identify the first topic (one that will come after your introduction) and the one that will follow. Write a transition to link one to the next. Continue with order and transitions.
- The last step is to write your introduction paragraph and your conclusion. If your paper is still short, just find a new subtopic to write about and place it between paragraphs that exist. You have a rough draft!