Essay writing for dummies
January 25, 2011 9:29 PM Subscribe
How did you
write your university essays? Real life blow-by-blow accounts please.
posted by fix to education (57 answers total) 75 users marked this as a favorite
I need to know how successful essays are written. 'Successful' in this case means 'an essay whose length is at least 80% the word limit and handed in before the deadline'. As you've probably guessed I have trouble writing the darned things, and while depression and procrastination are the main culprits, I've just realised that I might also be doing it wrong
. The logistics of writing I mean.
So...please show me how you
did it. What was the first thing you did when you sat down to write that essay - muse over the topic/question? Sharpen your pencils? Look it up on Google Scholar? Then what did you do - jot down random ideas? Draw up a reading list? How did you read - focus on one paper? Take notes from multiple papers? Did you print them out? How did you organise your findings - sort them by theme? Pick them as you write? Et cetera.
I'm already familiar with the theory
, so I'm looking for something like this
but more with more details of the work flow itself.