too much information
“Start with the readings, but don't pad your paper with summary.”
This is hard for me. I have noticed that I can easily get swept up in plot summary. I think because a research paper has a certain length, I feel I won’t be able to fill the space. Another reason I summarize sources, is because I think it’s all important. I also have a hard time cutting material out of my paper. Sometimes, I feel there is too much important information. I don’t want to eliminate sources that make my point.
I learned in Thinking and Writing to read the sources first and then place them into my paper. Before, I would just start typing away and not before long, I had two pages out of three dedicated to two sources. Then I would spend too much type cutting information out. Reading first, helps to organize your thoughts as well. It also helps because you can evaluate all of your sources and put only the really important information in your paper. It helps to save time.