Your essay is due this week. You sit down to write. You open your word processor and start staring at the blank page. The excruciating agony of coming up with stuff to write begins.
You sit there for a minute, maybe typing a few words. And then you realize that you have almost a whole week to get it done; so you close the word processor and hit the world wide web for the latest. Later, you feel guilty about not having done your work.
Hey, I’ve done it a thousand times. In fact, I didn’t use to like writing at all. It used to be the most painful process in college for me. So, I know exactly where you’re coming from.
I’d like to teach you a very simple method to end procrastination and make writing that essay at least 50% less painful. It’s a two-step process:
Step 1: Instead if procrastinating, just write your paper pretty much last minute.
Contrary to popular belief and all the advice out there, it’s actually a great idea to write your college essays last minute. Here’s why:
- There’s nothing morally wrong with writing your paper last minute
- It will save you the constant mental nagging
- It will rid you of the unnecessary guilty feeling that you are not doing what you’re supposed to be doing
- It will end procrastination – you can’t put off something you don’t intend to do until last minute
- It will make you resourceful mentally when you actually sit down to write
When you decide that you’ll write your essay just a couple of hours before it’s due, you must make sure that:
- You allow sufficient time to write the necessary number of pages
- You either know the subject well enough to write it without much research, or you’ve done your research beforehand, and now all you need to do is write
- Make sure your printer has enough ink and paper to print your paper for submission
Step 2: Spend at least as much time writing your thesis statement as you would on writing the rest of the paper.
How easy it will be to write a 1 to 5 page paper will depend on the amount of time you spend writing your thesis statement. You see, your thesis statement dictates your support (the body of the essay). Therefore, if you get the thesis right, you’ll get the paper right. If not, then you won’t.
I’ll keep coming back to this issue because I get a lot of questions about how to write thesis statements.
If you spend a lot of time on that first paragraph, which is your thesis statement, you will:
- Have the outline for your entire paper
- Know exactly what to say in each part of your essay
- Have much easier time coming up with all the words to meet the word count requirement
Keep Writing and don’t hesitate to post a comment or ask a question right here.