The Process of Writing Essay

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As I sit here staring at the blank screen, thoughts race through my mind as I contemplate what lies ahead. Is my topic clear? Is it appropriate? What is it that I want to say? Finally the fear sets in, what lie ahead is a minefield of self-doubt and criticism, one misstep could lead to a personal catastrophe. I take each step with caution, slowly putting my thoughts on paper, exposing myself to scrutiny. The answers do not present themselves with the concrete certainty of mathematics and science, they are subjective and open to interpretation. Writing for me is an uncomfortable experience filled with irrational fear and trepidation.

The first obstacle on my journey confronts me, the topic. It is an auspicious occasion when the topic
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Research papers require a significant amount of research to verify facts and learn about the subject in sufficient detail to convey the appropriate information to the reader. I start researching with an internet investigation to see what kinds of materials might be available. I attempt to confine my internet research to educational and government institutions, but I do explore other sites that might lead to acceptable reference sources. Next, I reference local library resources concerning my subject of interest, when I find relevant information, I carefully record the information from the source. I prefer to make copies of the source material, but take detailed notes if needed. It is routine for me to acquire more research materials than required in an effort to avoid repeating this laborious process. It is at this point, where I begin to believe I have made progress and deserve a break from the stress of writing.

A few days before my scheduled deadline, I prepare for my assault. I gather my research and give it a quick review. I attempt to recover some of the thoughts and ideas I had generated during the previous processes. I sequester myself away from people and distractions to avoid interruption, but keep some low-level background sounds for comfort. Sometimes I will choose to have music playing in the background, but usually I will have the sounds of a movie that I have seen a few times too many. The sounds seem to keep my thoughts more
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