Step 1: Definition, analysis, thesis
Read the topic carefully, explain all concepts (replace synonyms), interpret it in all possible ways, put all possible theses.
Step 2: Brain Storm
Write down all the questions that come to your mind about this topic. In all this be open, allow yourself several options, answers, solutions. For each option allowed, book a column in the table, place on the page or page where you will take notes in a moment.
Then type in any order
All authors, all books (pictures, music), characters from them and quotes that you could use in any previously allowed opportunity, philosophical, thought, literary and artistic trends associated by you with a given possibility historical, biographical context.
Consider also the possible motto for your work by writing all the examples that come to mind.
Step 3: Map
In the first stage, discard from this set of examples worn out, uninteresting, in this way will be the most valuable, the most interesting and the most accurate.
Then try to see the relationships between the various texts, examples and heroes written. Mark them with the arrows connecting the related elements and briefly describe the nature of the analogy noticed between them. As a result, one concentric map or polycentric map, or even several mental maps may be created). Look for stars. These texts, contexts, examples that connect with the most others are great for organizing larger entities at work (eg chapters). Others will refer to them.
Consider whether these several perspectives you have adopted can not be combined so that everything is an expanded, homogeneous whole. If one of them does not fit the emerging concept of work and is poorer than others, if it seems unnecessary – reject it.
Step 4: Studies
Time to deepen your knowledge about every previously mentioned text of culture. Recall its contents, read the various reviews and clash them with your own views: with whom you agree and with which you do not? Maybe, it is worth using these positions? Complete the map with new cards (one for each culture text) containing new information that broadens knowledge about them.
You have some new useful associations, thoughts, reflections, write them out.
Talk to competent people about topics that interest you, listen to what they have to say, if interesting information has appeared in the conversation, include them in the notes, if they undermine a view that you can not defend – reject it.
Read what has been written about the problem, what positions have been taken. Reproduce with them. Think about what attitude you will take, what does it look like against the background of tradition? Get all new useful information on the mental map.
Step 5: Redaction
Collect all thoughts in relatively independent semantic equivalents (work separately on each one), edit them in terms of language, compose properly constructed paragraphs, give them titles and subheadings. Also take into account the use of key words or leitmotiv, which will increase the consistency of work.
Read again each particle, verify its compositional language and title. Think again about the order of the paragraphs. To do this, use the mental map made at the beginning. Also pay attention to whether the titles and subheadings are arranged in a sensible and logical whole. Then, rewrite the paragraphs in the correct order to ensure consistency of work and not forgetting the subtitles.
At the end, choose a neat motto, reflecting the content of the essay, indicating the adopted perspective, etc.
Step 6: Returning from begining
Write the introduction of an essay. Do not even let the character of the epoch or biography of the writer come to mind. A much better solution is to ask questions.
You can start from:
measure, or description of the key character, thread, problem, which you will make the construction axis of the whole work;
You can write the rest yourself
summon someone’s thoughts with which you agree or disagree
The introduction should introduce to the topic, encourage reading and generally outline the way the subject of the essay is presented.
Step 7: Write a conclusion
Read the work and improve the perceived shortcomings. Postpone work for a few days. Critically read it again, indicating the doubts, there should be a lot of them. Make the last correction to make sure that the construction is well-thought-out go to the deconstruction of the text, i.e. create its reproduction plan.