Researching and Outlining your Report

To start with your book report it is important that you understand guidelines and writing style thoroughly. It is necessary that you follow format for your report to look and feel professional. Before you begin with writing your manuscript analysis, you may get a glance of this post to understand more about how to write an evaluation in a professional manner.

  • Before you start with your report, read your assignment guidelines and requirements thoroughly. Understand what your teacher/professor has asked you to do and what format they have requested for evaluation. Once you are through details, only then begin writing analysis.
  • Once you understand what must be done, read paperback with complete and undivided attention. If possible, mark important words, take notes, highlight sentences that you feel are important and relevant for report.
  • After taking notes and marking important phrases, create an outline of analysis. The outline must reflect your overall idea of the manuscript and how you plan to write the report. If your report is a criticism of paperback or if it is simply about theme and story that book follows. In the outline, you must also discuss how you plan about drafting report.
  • Start with an introduction of book, in what setting and background story begins and how much effort has author put in pushing story to a perfect direction in the book. Once you have started with report, quote phrases and sentences from the book, and highlighted areas that you marked. After quoting important and relevant text in your evaluation, now you may move on to the next part.
  • To write body of the analysis, you must understand that this is going to be a detailed and in-depth analysis of the book. Hence, do not try to rush or finish it in a hurry. Go slowly with book and story, talk deeply about characters, theme that book creates, the flow and language of book and how well it is written. Many books have grammatical or spelling mistakes, thus you may also talk about editing.
  • Then you may talk about plot summary, how story unfolds and how characters unveil themselves. You may discuss about your personal perception of story and characters. Which character inspired you the most, and why? You may also discuss the loopholes in the story, if any.
  • Next, you may discuss theme of story. If the story is set in past or the future, you may talk about that. You can write whether author was able to justify the plot he tried to create, or it fell apart from the story?
  • Lastly, you may write about climax of story. Climax forms one of the most crucial and interesting parts of the analysis, and it should never be missed out. While talking about the climax, also discuss how apt it was as per your expectations, and whether you were shocked or surprised after reading the climax, or it was completely expected and boring. Climax is what makes book marketable and sellable, hence it must not be left out. While talking about climax, you may also present an alternate ending from your side, if possible. If you think climax of the book couldn’t be written finer, then just leave the book report there, and move towards ending it.
  • Lastly, write a conclusion about overall manuscript and story. The conclusion must be small and concise, not too much detailed. It should cover all aspects of the paperback analysis, but in a summarized manner.

Once you are done writing the entire report as per your satisfaction, you must start with proofreading the book for errors or spelling mistakes. Proofread yourself, rather you may consider hiring someone to get it proofread. A third-party is more capable of finding out mistakes in your text than you are. After complete proofreading, edit the book for any changes and polish your final work to perfection.

Finally, when you are completely satisfied with the evaluation, now you may go ahead and submit it.