Editing, Writing, and Media (EWM) is currently one of the three undergraduate majors offered by the English Department at Florida State University (FSU).

What is writing anxiety?

“I sit down but then choke.”

“I paralyze myself by overthinking.”

“I feel completely unprepared.”

Writing primers or writing instruction may offer advice about how to create coherence in essays by identifying the key transitions used to indicate relationships: adding; comparing and contrasting; creating emphases; identifying cause and effect or conditions.

“Strong outlines make strong essays.” The axiom might be attributed to any number of writing instructors or well-intentioned composition guidebooks. Indeed, student writers from a young age often learn that outlines are an essential part of the writing process. But what makes an outline strong?

Developing a good thesis is often the result of finding the "umbrella idea." Finding this idea requires that students move back and forth between a text's particularities and its big ideas in order to find a suitable "fit" between the two that the students can write about.

A key challenge for our freshmen students in the transition from high school to college is to unlearn the five paragraph essay.