One powerful way to unlock your creativity when writing an essay is to use power words.
So, what is a power word? A power word is a word that forces your brain to produce great content.
And different power words work differently. The word “since” has a couple of meanings but we’re interested in only one here – it is essentially an equivalent of the word “because.”
Let me give you an example. “Since I knew I would be free on the weekend, I agreed to participate in the rally.” Or, “Since you’re now a college student, you should be more organized.”
Okay. So, the word “since” works almost like the word “because.” For example, you could say, “Because I knew I would be free on the weekend, I agreed to participate in the rally.”
It’s just a bit more elegant to use the word “since” instead of the word “because” when starting a sentence with it.
How would you use it to give yourself a boost of creativity?
It’s very easy. When you feel you’re stuck and out of ideas, simply start a new sentence and write the word “Since…”
Remember – any sentence that begins with “since” must have two parts: the fact and what follows from that fact.Let’s look at this sentence again:
“Since I knew I would be free on the weekend, I agreed to participate in the rally.”
Here, the first part is “I knew I would be free on the weekend.” This is the fact. I knew I would be free. In my mind, it is a fact.
Now, here’s the second part: “I agreed to participate in the rally.” This is what follows from that fact. Since I knew I’d be free, I agreed to participate. In other words, part two is logically dependent on part one. If I am free, I can participate.
Please note that each of the parts is a complete sentence with its own subject and verb.
“I knew” – that’s subject and verb.
“I agreed” – subject and verb, as well.
So, here’s your formula:
“Since [Part 1], [Part 2].
And here’s the formula in more detail:
“Since [Subject 1 + Verb 1], [Subject 2 + Verb 2].
Again, you can use this formula whenever you get stuck. Here’s exactly how to do it.
Step 1. Simply start a new sentence by writing or typing the word “Since…”
Step 2. Now your brain is already looking for the fact to state because it knows that it needs a fact now. So, come up with a fact.
“The weather is nice.”
“It’s hard to find a good plumber.”
Or whatever is relevant to your essay and to the particular section in it. Write it down.
Step 3. Now your brain is already on the lookout for what follows from that fact. So, just come up with the logical conclusion you’re making from it.
“Since the weather is nice, we could go to the beach.”
“Since it’s hard to find a good plumber, I might as well just fix the faucet myself.”
See how this works? Once you’ve practiced this a few times, your brain will know exactly what to do to produce quality material every time you start a new sentence with the power word “since.”