I found that for my analysis essay I did a lot more brainstorming and organizing than I usually do. Usually I get an assignment, and a week before it is due I sit down and write it. I start with the introduction, and once I have my thesis I go from there.
This time though, almost as soon as we got the assignment I knew which paper I wanted to write about, and that was the “Footstools and Furniture” essay. I got home and while I watched a movie for my Spanish class, I outlined what I thought I might want to say in my essay. I had a sort of thesis down, I underlined quotes in the article… I planned out which paragraph would go where. I never do that. AND THEN I had not one, but I have been lucky to already have two conferences with Professor Metsker about my paper. Those meetings were very helpful, as she helped me focus my paper, and kind of come up with the implication part.
Unfortunately the implication part of your paper, which for me should have the most analysis and still be able to connect to everything you have already said is the most important. The unfortunate part of this is that it is the hardest part to analyze why somebody did something or for what purpose. I feel like you really have to connect to the writer to do so, or fully understand every hidden meaning in the paper to really be able to analyze an essay enough to actually be fully able to understand the implication. Thankfully Professor Metsker helped me a lot as we talked through the implications of Hjortshoj’s essay together.
Three rough drafts later, I am comfortable with my paper, and I feel as though it is ready for the final revision process. It’s been nice to have had so long to outline and plan, because when it came to writing the actual paper it was a lot easier than I thought it would be – besides the implication part.