The nursing theory paper was perhaps the most interesting essay that I have handles this semester. The writing process was quite simple, given that the writing prompt provided a guideline about the format, the sections, and what to include in each section. As Crème & Hunt (2002) recommend, the first step involved conceptualizing the topic in order to conduct intensive research on it.
What followed was an active engagement with my primary sources. I chose Watson’s theory of human caring, so my primary sources were the journal articles specifically written by Jean Watson. Once I had finished reading about the primary sources, I discovered that it was necessary to search for secondary sources to support my ideas (Crème & Hunt, 2002). I searched for peer-reviewed journals published by reputable authors as required in the paper instructions. Specifically, I relied on google scholar as my source of information about the topic.
With sufficient sources of information, I began the prewriting process, which involved brainstorming and drawing up an outline of the paper. Whereas it is natural to start with the introduction part, I began writing the body paragraphs to allow me to work through my ideas without feeling restricted by the paper’s thesis statement (Crème & Hunt, 2002). Later, I created the introductory part with the right thesis statement reflecting the body paragraphs.
The last step involved revising the paper to look for issues such as spelling, grammar, and the overall flow of the paper. It was during this stage that I changed the paragraphs that did not flow to ensure that ensure a smooth transition (Crème & Hunt, 2002). I also looked for the coherence of ideas, possible repetitions, and clarity of each sentence. Finally, I reviewed the entire paper to avoid losing points due to minor mistakes. I also checked the formatting, referencing, and in-text citations to ensure that they conform to the stated instructions. Since APA formatting style requires a separate page for the cover page and references, I ensured that this requirement had been met.
Creme, P., & Hunt, C. (2002). Creative participation in the essay writing process. Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, 1(2), 145-166.