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If you haven't written a draft, you may want to try writing one here, using the steps in this section.
All writers work differently and you may find that you prefer a different sequence than the one we suggest (some people, for example, write topic sentences at the start). But basically, taking the following steps, in more or less the order we have them, should get you through a full draft.
Step 1 Develop your main idea
Note: If you'd like, you can begin by printing out one of your responses from getting started. You may have written an outline or started with freewriting or just jotted down some notes. Keep the outline, freewriting, or any notes next to you and refer to them as you work.
Step 1: Develop Your Main Idea
Some people like to write the thesis statement for their papers before they begin writing. Others wait until they've finished the body of the paper. Either way, it's a good idea to have a rough idea of your main idea before you begin.
We have an example of a draft written by Andrea, a CUNY student. You can check out her work as you work through each step. Click the image at right to see how Andrea explained her main idea.
Write one or two sentences that explain the the main idea, or if you want, write a complete thesis statement in the box below:
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