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Much of your writing in seminary will be focused on argumenative, descriptive, and expository essays.
Argumentative essays are focused on convincing your reader to agree with your position on a particular topic.
Descriptive essays describe an experience or situation (the most common type of descriptive essay you'll write is a verbatim).
In an expository essay, you're trying to investigate an idea by evaluting evidence, expounding on the idea, and setting forth an argument concerning that idea.
The Writing Process
Plan your writing
Make a timeline: Set Goals; Monitor your progress
Select a topic:
Review the assignment!
Brainstorm: what interests you?
What is interesting about your topic?
Create an outline
Start with your major sub-sections
Review the assignment again: do these sub-sections help cover all questions your professor has asked you?
Begin your research
Make sure you find credible & high quality sources
Not everything the library has is of equal quality
Make sure you take notes as you read & record citation information
Write a draft
Start with writing something down; anything!
You will likely throw out much you initially write. This is part of the process.
Avoid plagiarism: As you quote others, include some sort of shorthand citation for you to flesh out later Only after most of your first draft is done should you write your introduction & conclusion
Ask someone else to read it
Complete your footnotes
Hand in your completed project
The Writing Process (animated)