Good writing is essential for success in undergraduate education, graduate education, or in your career. While I am not looking for a long paper, I am looking for a good paper. I expect that you will put in the thought, time, effort, and energy to research and write a good paper. Good writing has certain hallmarks(it should read well, be well organized, be interesting, it should discuss appropriate authority, have good transitions between paragraphs, and have an introduction and conclusion that make a point well.)- If the paper isn’t interesting to you to read, why would it be interesting to anyone else? Whatever your topic, write an outline first- kind of like a road map of where you are going and how you are getting there.