Tara Lovdahl

Senior, Consultant since Spring 2013

Advice for writers
Organizing your argument is critical, so don’t be afraid to approach this process from multiple perspectives. I like outlines, but writing with different colored pens, putting thoughts on notecards so they can be easily rearranged, and expressing ideas aloud to others are just a few ways to gain some confidence in your argument. 

How do you get started on a writing assignment?
I try to find a thesis I can support and then once I have some reasons to enforce it, I focus on strong quotes to insert into my paper. Once I have all these elements of my paper together it’s just a matter of disciplining myself to write so I have something to redraft and revise.