Do not be afraid to revise your topic: As you enter the composition phase of your research paper, you may find that your paper starts off one way and ends another. This is an indication that you need to revise your thesis or topic statement. Make sure that your paper follows a continuous line of logic. You should state the course of this line at the beginning and follow it throughout. If by the end of the paper, you deviate from your preview or thesis statement in the introduction, you should revise your introduction to include the turn your paper has taken.