After you have created your outline in the planning stage, you need to begin composing the actual body of the essay, a process known as drafting. The end result of this process will be a rough draft—key word here being “rough.” Don’t worry if you think it needs improvement—even the best rough drafts need revising before they can be called a “final paper.” The most important element of drafting is simply getting all your thoughts down in the rough shape the essay will take--introduction (including a working thesis), body (including textual evidence with explanation) and conclusion.
When you are drafting, remember…
- Explain how they support your argument.
- Point out any important literary devices within the quote,
particularly ones mentioned in your thesis.
"Conferencing is one of the most important steps I take during my writing process. Often during the initial drafting process, I will hit a roadblock or find myself talking in circles. When this happens, I will set up an appointment with my professor or walk in during office hours and just sit and talk about my paper. Getting a professor's feedback is priceless to me and often sets me back on the right track to finish up my paper." --Leanna