Writing in Economics
Beginning Your Paper
Choosing a Topic
Ask, Ask, Ask:
Writing the Paper
Ask questions: it will help establish an argument.
Perform secondary research (if required or deemed necessary). It may not be mandatory, but reading other authors may give you more ideas (but don't forget to give credit where outside sources are included)
Organize the materials you'll need: very simply, at your work station, make your space neat and tidy; keep highly-used materials within arm's reach so as to avoid wasting time by always searching for books, articles, notes, etc.
Outline how the paper will be formatted: this can be as simple as writing your ideas on paper (i.e., brainstorming) or more structured (using roman numerals, sub-letters, etc. to provide a roadmap for the essay)
Recognize who the paper is being written for (audience); some professors may require more graphical support whereas others want to you to explain the process more thoroughly in your own words; also, do not assume that the audience knows your topic/idea; provide background information
Write the paper; BUT do not think that once the words are on the screen the essay is finished; remember, writing is a process; you may find that the argument you develop at the beginning of the paper changes and evolves by the conclusion; always be willing to go back and make necessary adjustments
Proofread the rough draft; after major issues such as a thesis and argument have been established, read the paper aloud or have a friend read it for grammatical and stylistic errors. Reading aloud catches many of the mistakes students make.