A good literature paper has a debatable argument (or thesis) that is well supported. This argument is your own original idea, based on a thorough understanding of the text and supported with careful reasoning.
8 steps to writing a great literature paper:
1. Know the text well!
Engage in close reading:
2. Explore potential topics.
Some good topics for writing about literature:
3. Choose a topic.
Look back at your notes and annotations.
4. Draft a working thesis.
Based on your topic and what interests you most:
5. Gather extensive evidence to support your thesis.
There are three types of evidence you might use in a literature paper.
6. Select your best evidence & refine your thesis.
7. Organize your paper.
8. Write your rough draft.
Pitfalls to avoid:
Conventions specifically for writing about literature: