Diagnostic Paper: My Writing Strengths and Weaknesses

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Writing an essay may seem like a huge obstacle to overcome, but with a plan of attack and a little organization, it can be easily completed. All it takes are several steps.

The first step in your writing process is to just sit and think. If the essay is on an assigned topic, sit and think about what the objective is and what approach will be used towards that subject. If it is possible, take a position on it. If allowed on what topic to choose, take it in any direction and decide on a purpose. This purpose can be telling someone how to do something, present information that has been collected on a particular subject, or even entertain the audience who will be reading it. Then brainstorm some ideas, examine each one and decide which idea would produce the best quality work to get the point across in the specified length that is assigned.

The next option would be doing some research to get more information and ideas to write on.

Once the information is gathered, the next step is to outline or make a plan of action of what to write about. This can be just jotting down basic ideas or making a standard outline using numerals to put ideas into subsections of a bigger, main idea. Once this has been accomplished, ask for input from the instructor.

The next step is to put all the ideas together in essay form in the first draft. As this is just the rough basis to organize ideas better, paying attention to any grammar and punctuation errors is not a very big deal. It is important to follow some basic structure writing each of the paragraphs, which will make it much easier and clearer for the reader to understand. To start...