It’s Monday tomorrow. Oh, crap, you still didn’t do your English assignment? You must be worried how to dodge the teacher with the best excuse, or to get someone to write a marvelous piece of literature for you. But how far can you get with it?
Will you keep making excuses every time?
No! You should not.
Writing is an art. Each word you write is a reflection of your thoughts on the paper. And how you express them is a way to express yourself. And when you are asked to show up your skills for a given project, it just starts to stress you down. Essay Writing is not some rocket science, just using you skills in a smart and organized manner.
Essay writing is an important part of our academic years. Whether we are kids, undergraduates or doing masters, we always have to write essays or reports of some kind about the knowledge or observation achieved so far. Thus, it is important to polish your skills at this. And moreover, you realize that the more you grow up, the lesser the time you get for your essay assignments and in fact the amount of research efforts you need to put in increases. How lucky were those good old days, when you got almost a week to write an essay on easy topics.
Now it seems that you just have to scribble down your best in a matter of few hours, and it should be an A-grade quality impressive too. So, ready to begin?
Here are the tips to write your essay well, whether it is 100 words, 500 or 1,000. You won’t be scared of the word limit once you start following these tips.
- Surround yourself with the right environment
That is essential. We do not realize the impact of the surroundings on ourselves, but it casts a huge impact. Choose a peaceful area to work, away from all the noises which drag you with them. Create a mood around you where you are motivated to work, so that the ideas can be written down in the best way.
A library is the best place to begin with. The silence and the books are a great option to be in with. A calm place is required for writing, so that you can hear your own thoughts, waiting to be expressed in words. And when you are going to be evaluated for it, then better you gear up in every way to achieve the best!
- Make an effective plan
Planning is really important when it comes to doing any task. Any mind boggling task or the toughest of the projects can be solved with a smart and effective plan. And same is true for writing too.
Before beginning the essay, think of the following topics and how to consider them while writing your essay:-
- Word limit
- Target group
- Major issues and topics to be covered
- Examples of the topics
- Suggestions and recommendations
These are the key areas which you will be covering while writing your essay, and must be explained in a good manner. Hence, sit for a while and think about them first before beginning with the essay.
For example, you’ve got to write a 1,000 words essay on the current water scarcity issues in the world and submit it by tomorrow. With so many ideas flushing down your head, you can simply start preparing up to write by breaking down your essay into sub parts, which discuss the following issues:-
- Reasons for water scarcity across the world
- Regions worst affected due to water scarcity
- Current steps being taken to cure it
- The aftermath if similar situations continue
See, it sounds easier now, right? Your ideas will get organized if you do so.
- Shut out the world
Yes, please! Ditch that phone, or just put it in silent mode. Log out of all the social websites and then get, set, go! As I told earlier, calmness is required to hear your own thoughts. And to do so, you need to stay away from other people’s conversations too. This gives you the right mood to focus on your own work and do your best.
- Do research for your essay
Yes, that is important. You can’t just write a fictitious article all the time! You need facts and relevant data to rely upon. This should be done thoroughly before beginning to write, so that you understand the topic well and the thoughts would generate continuously while writing.
And when you start penning them down and you need help, go back to the reference material and take help. Reference gives you the right direction to go, and the facts are real too. Hence, use such matter to make the best benefits out of it.
- Set realistic goals
Do not aim to write a wonderful piece of your thoughts in just 20 minutes. No, don’t even think to do that. You might just end up get screwed by your teacher. Aim for targets that are realistic and can be achieved by you. You know the best and the worst about yourself, so bring it to use.
Plan for a short break or two in between, decide for which topics you need to refer study material and which ones you can write well on your own. This way, create a rough outline of the time you will be spending in writing.
- Begin with the heading
That is the first part which can make or break you! A headline is the first opening line to the reader which tells about the article. Hence, it should be to-the-point and not very lengthy. A gist of the article should be wrapped around smartly in few words for a heading.
If required, a sub-heading may also be given, if you feel that there is more to be included in your headline section. The headline should be attention grabbing and able to give an idea about the content of the article.
Some of the examples for an effective headline are as follows:-
- Using case studies as an online tool for organizational managers
- Is your child a gifted athlete?
- Current water scarcity scenarios in the world
Notice that each of the headlines is complete in them and gives an idea of what the article would be.
- The smart introduction
It may seem that introduction is the hardest part to write, but is also the most important part of the essay. Introduction is the first section of your essay, giving a brief about the topics discussed in the article. It should be to-the-point and complete in itself. Examples or criticisms is not included in an introduction, keep that in mind.
- Go with the flow
Once you begin with the main content of the essay after the introduction, let your thoughts crawl out of your head and find a place through your words. Don’t judge what you are writing, just keep writing, writing and writing. Once you tune in to the right rhythm of interpreting your ideas in form of words, you should never stop. There should be absolutely no distraction in this process.
There may occur spelling mistakes, grammar mistakes or you may have done some error in page layout, but leave it for later. Whatever is in your head, it should be written down first.
And that’s the place where you end up the flow of your thoughts. All the points should have been discussed, the facts been agreed or been criticized and information displayed properly before your conclusion.
Suggestions can be included in a conclusion, regarding what changes or ideas you can suggest from your side. Also, if you feel that some topic was irrelevant or not up to the mark, it can be mentioned in the conclusion. From the research and the essay written, the things you understood and learnt can be explained in the conclusion. Thus, a conclusion is the end part of your essay.
As heard earlier, the first and the last part of any presentation are the peak points that make an impression on people’s minds. Just as the introduction is required to be crisp and impressive, so id the requirement for the conclusion too.
- The final step- editing
The most crucial one! To avoid someone else pointing out your flaws, dig them out yourself. Editing is even more important when you have written your essay all in a continuous flow, when you do not judge how you are writing, what you are writing. You were just writing. And now, it is the time to polish it out and give it a perfect look.
Take help of spell check and correct all your spellings. If you feel there is not much new terminology in your essay, check out the suggestions in thesaurus for synonyms. But keep in mind that the synonyms too, should be simple ones which are used in regular speech. Erase off the lines which you feel are unnecessary and add the facts that you’ve jumped, but you think that they are important.
Also, correct the flow of your thoughts while editing. That is also an important step. The process should be organized systematically, explaining the process or a problem step by step. The normal flow pf a procedure or problem is as follows:-
- Current scenario
- Conclusion and Recommendations
The information should be organized in a similar manner so as to explain everything properly.
Once you are done with editing all the way, give a final reading to your essay, just to make sure that everything is in order and makes sense.
The art of writing can be mastered only by writing fluently. Do not hesitate to make mistakes, for it is the mistakes that give us lessons. The key is to explain your ideas in the best way possible and to polish your skills. This way, not only you will score good in your evaluation, but also learn the art of expressing yourself through writing.
There was a certain time that I had so many articles to write up for myself and for some freelance clients I had then. However, the problem at that time wasn’t that I couldn’t write fine, but simply because I had the inability to write fast – in short, I wrote articles slower than a snail during that period.
For those who still write very slowly, you already understand what I mean – Write 100 words now and stop to read/edit it for close to 1 hour – this was one of the things I was busy doing enthusiastically then. And because of that much wasting of time on one article, I sometimes ended up writing a single 600 words article for close to 8 hours (and yes, it was that bad).
What could an innocent me do? ;)
My clients were angrily waiting for their articles which I seriously was behind schedule and hadn’t sent; while my numerous readers were shouting their lungs out in other to have me write another post that I hadn’t written in like 2 weeks.
That was when I knew this had to stop.
So how did I stop writing like a snail and more like Usain Bolt?
You want to know? Well, I went out, researched and found a remedy for slow writing that I could single-handedly use to write up a 1000 words post within 30 minutes.
You want to know the tactics I used to write faster? Then, without wasting much of your time, these 4 nuggets below are exactly how you can also write faster than you present can.
1. Write First . . . Edit Later.
Believe me, I know it sounds insane to write and not cross check what you’re actually punching out to the screen. Yes, it’s weird, but it’s one of the fastest ways to write up any first draft.
And believe me, no first draft is ever pretty, if you doubt me try asking Jeff Goins of GoinsWriter – he’ll surely back me up.
However, you might ask yourself or even me, “How can I start this habit of not editing while I’m writing?” That’s a nice question. And to answer that – the best way to do this is to turn off your writing software’s spell checker.
“Why on earth should I turn it off?” It’s simple. First of all, the job of a spell checker is to examine your write up and show you the typos and grammatical blunders readily available in the copy you’re writing.
So when you turn it off, you won’t have any desire to go back and start correcting little errors you find, since you won’t see any red signal i.e. like in Microsoft word, indicating that you’ve committed an error.
The next question will surely be, “How do I turn my writing software’s spell checker”?
This depends on the type of writing software you use for your writings. I use Microsoft word – and I know majority of you also do – so let’s show you how to turn MS WORD’s spell checker off.
To do exactly that –
Click on the Microsoft Logo – at the top let hand side of your computer screen (shown below)
This will bring out the menu of MS WORD. Find and click on “Word Options”.
That will bring the Grammar Setting Page. Locate and click on “Proofing”.
Once Proofing page has been shown to you; go ahead to untick those three check button I pointed to in the image below (And of course, when you’re through with your first draft, then you can enable them again for proper proofreading).
That is it. Once you’ve un-ticked those check buttons, you’re done. You can now go ahead to write ceaselessly without thinking of editing.
But if in case you’re not an MS WORD fan, then you can try out DarkRoom and WriteRoom (for Windows and Mac respectively) – and these writing softwares don’t come with spell checkers at default. So give them a try.
2. Time Yourself. . . To Write Faster.
A goal without a time constraint factor kind of sounds like a wish. If you want to see yourself writing faster than you do now, then you need to start restricting yourself to a set time. To do this, I normally make use of Pomodoro app for Windows to time my writing while I write.
For those who haven’t heard of it before, it’s a desktop app that can be used to time oneself to a 25 minutes work period and a 5 minutes break time.
How can you leverage it effectively in fast writing?
Yes, I know you might ask this question. To use this app effectively, once you’re done your research and have read up everything you need to know about the topic. The next thing to logically do is click on the timer and immediately start writing.
And the writing should be a continual thing until the timer rings for break period. Once you keep at it, you’ll notice that you’ll be writing faster than you’ve ever written.
3. Research And Kill Your Distractions . . . Before Writing.
Researching before writing any piece out can not be over emphasized. It’s very very important and can’t be casually overlooked. When we talk about fast writing, we’re simply talking about researching indepthly so that what’s left of the process would be to write the copy out to the end without going online to cross check facts and figures that we might have forgotten.
And when we begin to continually check up on those figures and facts, the writing process starts to stall, to an extent that it’ll keep someone writing a little 500 words piece for over 2 long hours, instead of the usual 20 minutes.
Believe me, before; I used to waste that amount of time on such small writing just because I was always going on the internet to read more about the parts that I forgot to research on. And sometimes, when I land on Google for research purposes, I usually end up researching entirely different figures or even go on to chat on facebook, thereby derailing and delaying the writing for quite some time.
That said, to stop the derailing part of the writing process, I had to start researching more brilliantly and strategize ways not to forget what I’ve read up in other not to start going online to check up on more facts – and going off beat.
So what I did was simply using Evernote to store up long or short materials related to what I was to write about (believe me, you need to try it out – it’s FREE). And also, I leveraged Evernote’s Skitch to clip/snap screens I needed for tutorial write ups so that I won’t go about getting derailed again in the name of getting online to do it when I wanted to write that section of the tutorial.
Now, after all these have been taken cared of – I usually want to start writing at once, but even upon all these researches that I’ve done, I knew within me that I could still be tempted to go online and do other things amid writing (like facebooking and opening mails ). So I leveraged the use of the Chrome Pomodoro add-on to block me from using the internet (well, not entirely the internet per say; the add-on blocks selected time wasters’ websites you give it block), and yes, even though the app is a little bit annoying, but it helps me stay focused on writing only.
So after researching crazily using all this aforementioned research tools, and also blocking the time wasting websites, what’s left will be to write only. And when writing is the only thing on your mind to do – you kind of see yourself finishing it in less time more than it would have taken you without these aforementioned apps and tools above.
So give this strategy a try today and see a significant improvement in how long it’ll take for you to churn up a long piece of writing.
4. Keep Writing Non-stop.
This section is quite simple: Ignore the errors, grammatical blunders, typos, and any other things that have the power to stop you momentarily when you want to really start writing.
Once all of them have been ignored, what remains now is to start writing. Just write. Don’t mind anything. Don’t even think of what to write up next, because each word being thrown across the screen have already been embedded way long in your head while you’ were researching on the topic you’re currently writing on.
So leave thinking aside and just write. I know there will be enormous amounts of typos – especially mistyped words – but that’s the core beauty of writing fast. Just ignore them and keep on writing. I know that you will be overly tempted to clean up some typos using the backspace button; yes I know, because I’m always tempted to use it, too. However, even if you and I can’t stop using the backspace button, at least, we can limit how much we hit it whenever we type out grammatical typos.
The best ways to limit the hit of that button is to make a vow not to press that particular button no matter how bad the typo looks like.
When that has been taken cared of, you’ll notice that writing becomes a thing of joy since you’ll be writing so fast that you can literally be punching out 25- 30 words per minutes, and up to 1000 words in 15 -20 minutes
And YES! That’s you being insanely fast! ;)
If I have attempted it before and finished a write up of nearly 600 words in 15 minutes, then you can even finish yours in 10 -12 minutes if you keep on practicing this strategy of “writing nonstop” until you reach the end of the article.
In conclusion. .
The world is going quite fast . . . And the internet is getting faster. If you want to meet up with those writing deadlines in no time and still be in the good books of your clients, then you’ve got to be a fast writer.
Therefore, leverage this wonderful craft now and write your way to stardom.
And finally, before I go I’ll like to ask, “How long does it take you to write up a 1000 word piece and what is that thing that’s presently stalling the writing process?”
Lets meet in the comment section to interact on this awesome question.
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