High-Quality Paper Writing Checklist for Professional Writers

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Are you wondering how to write a high-quality essay? Read this excellent article and discover the most effective checklist for writing a high-quality essay.

Do you know the value of a good essay?  Warren Buffet, who is one of the wealthiest men on the planet, once told a class he would pay anyone in the room $100,000 for 10% of their future salaries, and $200,000 if they could communicate. Writing is foremost of all the communications skills. If wealthy and successful people like Mr. Buffet value writing, then a wise person will seek to improve their writing skills. Consider the following process steps as a framework to support your written expressions of personality, style, content, and ideas.

  • Pick a topic
  • Make an outline
  • Create a strong thesis statement
  • Write the body and pay attention to details
  • Add the “wow” factor
  • Write a thoughtful conclusion

Pick a Topic

Picking a topic is the first step in a high-quality paper writing order that you have to follow. This process can sometimes be easy, for example getting an assignment from your boss. Other times when you are in a situation where creativity is demanded, you will have to pick your own topic. Think about your intended audience.

Choose a subject that will be interesting to your chosen audience. Build your paper on established and accepted ideas. Think of these ideas as the foundation of a building, not a limiting factor in your creativity. Choosing a topic is the first and most important step in the writing process.

Make an Outline

Making an outline has been called making a map, and making a blueprint, but these analogies fall short and confuse people with knowledge of cartography or drafting. Quite simply writing an outline is a literary plan with little or no detail. Being a minimalist, it is helpful to make my outlines using a single word that defines the portion of the essay I am writing.  See the box with the checkmark at the top of these paragraphs? You guessed it, that’s my outline fleshed out with some attractive graphics. You may wish to use a short phrase or even a sentence in your own outline. It’s really a personal choice, so use what works best for you.

Create a Strong Thesis Statement

The thesis statement is the central argument, focus of ideas, or central question that you will be exploring as you write. It is mandatory that you don’t forget to add a thesis statement. It should be presented in the introduction.

Write the Body and Pay Attention to Details

You’re probably asking “Why should I write the body after I write the thesis?” The reason is that as we write and research and think new details and relationships emerge and make connections in our minds and on the page. It is in the body that we explore the question of the thesis statement and give evidence to support the conclusion.

Have you heard the term “The Devil is in the Details?” The body of your paper is where the details will be found. This is where most of the work and attention to detail needs to happen. So if you want to be a literary exorcist, take your time, do your research, present your facts, and work toward supporting your arguments. I pray that Linda Blair does not vomit pea soup on you as you cast out the logical devils.

Add the “Wow” Factor

Now that we have our topic firmly established, our thesis stated and explored in the body. It is time to step into the role of the master of ceremonies at an awards show. Your job is to be loud, flashy, and focus the reader’s attention on the topic. Don’t be disingenuous or patronizing, pedantic or crude. Put some thought into what your target audience would consider a wow factor. The hardest part is not to overdo it with the showmanship. I like to quote news articles that are relevant to the topic and support the thesis. This lets the reader start to involve themselves in your writing, and we all love an active reader.

Write a Thoughtful Conclusion

Take a break, drink a cup of coffee or jog around the block before writing your conclusion. Re-read everything you have written so far and ask “What does this all mean?” Once you have the question answered, that’s your conclusion. Many times in the past my conclusions have changed and evolved during the process of writing an essay. So do not marry yourself to a conclusion before you have done the hard work. Sometimes it is hard to let go of previously held beliefs when forming your conclusions especially if you are emotionally tied to an issue, and the evidence runs against your personal opinion. Just be honest, be yourself and passionate about the topic, and it will show through in your written words.

The Final Step

You wrote a great paper, did all your research, made brilliant conclusions, cited all your sources, yada yada yada. And you’re done.

Wait! You forgot to edit your essay. You need to put the finishing touches that will make your essay great. Check for spelling and punctuation. Check for common font, font size.  Insert embellishments and graphics. Choose a style, format your pages and meet requirements. After you have all those housekeeping chores finished, ask a friend or colleague to proofread your essay. Once everything is revised and perfect, then it time to submit. Now you are finished.

Last modified: March 8, 2018

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