Writing Tips and Resources

Writing is a multistage process involving prewriting, drafting, editing, revising and proofreading. These stages do not, however, occur in a sequential and linear fashion; they are interactive and recursive by nature. So when we write, we go back and forth between reading, writing and revising.​ ​

For a general overview of how to write an essay, you can consult our general guidelines for writing essays. To know more about each stage in the writing process and the different strategies of writing in more detail, ​read through the following tips and writing resources to find explanations, examples and links to other useful sites.​ 

 

 Preparing to Write

 

 Writing the First Draft

 
 Identifying a Purpose

 Brainstorming 

 Argument

Writing the First Draft

 

 
 Developing a Thesis

 Introductions

 Body Paragraphs 

 Conclusions 

 Outlines

 Integrating Sources

     

 Citations and Style Guides

 

 Revising and Proofreading

 
 Style Guides

 Formatting Your Paper

 MLA Style

 

 
 Revising and Editing

 Proofreading

 Grammar and Mechanics 

     

 Useful Links

 

 Handouts

 
 Purdue University Online Writing Lab 

 University of North Carolina Writing Center

 The University of Victoria's Writers Guide 

 Cleveland State University Writing Center

 The Writing Guide

 150 Resources to Help You Write Better,  Faster and More Persuasively

 Effective Writing

 

 

 
 

 General Writing Guidelines (pdf)

 General Writing Guidelines (doc)