This week has been crappy. I’ve been super busy and really tired. In an effort to not fall asleep while waiting for my incubation to be done I decided I would update my blog. I wrote a whole thing about the Olympics because I’m addicted to watching them but then Blogger screwed up and only posted half of it and I can’t recover the other half. I’m too tired to re-write it. This may seem like a minor set back and something not worthy of complaining about however after having my hard drive on my laptop crap out on me yesterday I’m really not fond of computers right now. Plus I figured I would take a nice relaxing break from all the stress and write something in my blog. That didn’t work. Now I’m pissed off, tired, hating computers even more, and angry that I’m still in the lab 10.5 hours after I got here and I’m missing the Olympics. I need a vacation! And while I’m wishing, someone to do my last two experiments and write my thesis too.
If we had never taken the first step, then we couldn’t have ever gotten to the last one. The author often presents the literary work in some kind of logical fashion whether it is in the conventional 1, 2, and 3 . Sometimes the author begins with the end of the story at the beginning, takes the reader on some journey in the middle, and brings the reader back to the official end of the story. No matter what technique the author uses, there are still areas that are chronologically structured. This is sometimes present within the body paragraphs of the story where the author presents what happens first, second, and third. For wherever the author places time, if the author doesn’t do this, then the reader would have no way of understanding the story sequentially. Therefore, before beginning to write an essay take out a sheet of paper and write down how the story logically unfolds.
Without doing this you run the risk of presenting ideas in your paper that are not related and have no logical relation to the rest of the parts of your essay. Step 8: Draw a big circle around the climax. The climax usually comes at the end of the story. The most exciting event for a marathon runner is reaching the finish line. For all of the hard work and training that runners commit to it is the finish line that they care more about than anything else. That’s the goal: to finish. Likewise, the author also commits to finish the work. Authors start with a main character that is immature at the beginning. They chart the main character’s progression through adding other characters and situations and problems. Through these circumstances and relationships, authors push the character forward until he or she reaches the finish line. It is in reaching that last (story) event that makes it worthwhile for the character and also for the reader.
As you locate the climax, reexamine all of the actions before it. What would happen if the story didn’t have a finish? Make sure that as you analyze the literary work that you also don’t project onto the text your opinions. Always remember that the author didn’t write the story with you in mind. Only literary critics consider the influence of the literary text onto the reader. Therefore, in your writing, don’t project anything onto the text that is not already there. Analyzing a literary text takes time. Allow one to two days for evaluating and highlighting story structure and key words. Spend as much time with the text before you begin to write the paper. If you don’t know the text, then you won’t know how to structure your analysis. Don’t forget to eat. Rest and go to sleep. Get back up again and confront the task. You can do it.
Regina Y. Favors is a freelance writer. She has a master’s degree in English from San Diego State University. In her spare time, she teaches freshmen composition and English as a Second Language at a local community college in Dallas. She is currently developing a writing textbook for college students who struggle with understanding the margin comments professors write on student papers. Revise Body Paragraphs | Summary Revising body paragraphs requires you to know the mission of your thesis. Body paragraphs are the center of your essays. Edit Academic Writing | Summary Editing the academic essay can be a laborious task if you don’t first develop a plan for revision. Developing a revision plan is not an easy task, but it is a necessary process if you want to ensure that your paper has met the requirements of the professor and the essay prompt. 0 of 8192 characters usedPost CommentNo HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites. Hi Laya Sayar. Thank you for submitting a comment. I appreciate it. If you need more help, visit my eLearning blog The FAVORS Glossary on WordPress.