Moving from Assignment to Topic. How to Do a Close Reading. Overview of the Academic Essay. Essay Structure. Developing a Thesis. Beginning the Academic Essay. Counterargument. Topic Sentences and Signposting. How to Write a Comparative Analysis. Revising the Draft. Editing the Essay, Part 1. Editing the Essay, Part 2.
Not to be confused with Proto-writing. Prewriting is the first stage of the writing process, typically followed by drafting, revision, editing and publishing. Prewriting can consist of a combination of outlining, diagramming, storyboarding, clustering (for a technique similar to clustering, see mindmapping).