What are the characteristics and parts of this kind of document?
Is active voice or passive voice more appropriate?
Should you use bullets and sub-headings?
Will you need an appendix with tables?
Be sure that the tone of the assignment reflects your audience. (Your audience isn’t always your instructor - it may be a client, other professionals, etc.)
Understand the scope of the assignment (How should you limit your topic? How many pages? Do you need to do research? - check out the library's discipline research guides)
Different people approach writing in different ways. If you know how you work best, you can save time:
If you think and plan before you write. By the time you’re writing, you have a pretty clear idea of what you’re going to say.
TIP: Make sure to schedule plenty of thinking time and then freewrite the ideas you've developed.
If you start by writing. Your first draft is very rough, but you will re-think and revise.
TIP: Make sure to schedule plenty of time for revisions.
You think and write alternately. You start with a plan, but the process of writing stimulates more thought.
TIP: Make sure to schedule an adequate amount of time for thinking and writing.
If You’re Stuck: Try some pre-writing or brainstorming exercises!
Free write – write without stopping for 5 to 10 minutes about what you already know about the assignment topic. Let your ideas flow without worrying about structure or organization.