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Writer’s Tips: Planning your Writing

By Olivia Pineda, Assistant Editor

Before you begin writing, whether it is a book report or a novel, writers always begin by making a plan containing what they’re going to write about. A plan not only helps you to brainstorm what you’d like to write about before your begin writing, but it also helps you to develop an organized overview of your writing piece so that when you do begin, your writing flows smoothly and is coherent for the reader. Here are some essential tips to make your planning a breeze.

Begin with a main idea.

Before you even begin to start thinking about the beginning, middle, or end of your essay or story, it’s always important to think about the main message or idea that you’d like to communicate to the reader. In an essay, this would be your thesis, or the sentence at the end of your first paragraph that will communicate what you will be talking about in your subsequent paragraphs. For a novel or short story, this is also called the “moral” of the story or the thing that the reader will be taking away once he or she is done reading. This idea doesn’t have to be completely finished right away, but it’s always good to have at least a main topic in your head before you put pen to paper.

Start to come up with your introduction, body, and conclusion.

An introduction is where you’re going to be introducing your main idea to the reader. In an essay, you’re going to give some background information on your topic before announcing your thesis, and in a short story, this is the time to introduce your main characters, the plot, and the setting. For your body paragraphs in an essay, you will be supporting your thesis with specific examples, and for your body in your short story, you will be developing your characters and your plot content. In your conclusion, you will be wrapping up your main idea in your essay, or having the plot in your story come to a close.

Now, you’re ready to begin writing! Now that you have an idea of how your story or essay is going to progress, you can now start putting pen to paper, and using your story or essay plan to guide you to write a great story or essay. If you ever think of something to add or something better, remember that you can always edit your essay or story plan. Happy writing!