Before you start writing you should have in mind the following steps:
Carefully think what you’re going to write about:
- Once you’ve chosen the topic, write down the main ideas that you may need for your essay
Choose the most suitable structure for your story:
- Remember the main parts of a narrative: opening, body and closing
- The verb tenses and verb agreements you’ll need to write yours.
- If you’re writing about the past, make sure that you’re using the correct past tenses.
- Appropriate usage of linking words.
- Time adverbs ,cluases, and subordinate clauses and main clauses.
Focus on the specific vocabulary you’ll need according to the topic you’ve chosen in step one.
- You can make a draft list with the general words you may need, even in your own language. You may try to translate them later on.
- Use suitable expressions, specially for openings and closings.
Write a first draft.
- Now that you have the topic, the tenses and the main vocabulary it’s time to start writing a first draft.
- Remember that a draft is just a first approach to your final essay, so don’t worry too much about what the neatness or the accuracy of your hand writing looks like.
- If you’re finding problems translating a word, take your time and try to find suitable synonyms. Should that not be possible then try to explain the same idea using other words.
Check your draft.
- Read your essay carefully concentrating on identifying possible mistakes, such as misspellings, wrong verb agreements, use of correct pronouns and possesives and word order...
- Be extremely careful in avoiding literal translation.
Write your final composition:
- Once you’re satisfied with the text, it’s time to write your final paper.
- Remember that this time you should be more accurate and pay attention to some issues:
- Neatness and handwriting (in case you’re not using a text editor)
- Margins, paragraphing and indenting.
- Check the consistency of the style, paying special attention to the right punctuation.