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How to Write Better, Longer Papers & Essays, with Great Content

This articles focuses on how to write better, longer papers and essays the natural way. By using these methods, you can write as much as you like, and may even have trouble keeping within the page limit of your writing assignment.

The majority of a writer’s woes can be summed up in two main problems: concision, which involves writing clearly and to the point without having to use excessive explanation, and its polar opposite, elaboration, which involves developing lengthy content to adequately support your subject. This article focuses on the latter and how to accomplish it naturally. Those individuals and students who detest the writing process seem to find themselves jotting down a few “all-encompassing” sentences and denying any reason for further development. This behavior brings no reward. By using these methods, you can write as much as you like, and may even have trouble keeping within the page limit of your writing assignment.

1.) Write about Something Interesting or Important

Before you even begin, make sure your topic or general subject area is interesting to you or something that you care about. This is especially true with argumentative essays. If you don’t care for the topic, it will show in your paper and consequently, your grade. It is much easier and natural to write about something that you are passionate about. Do you think professional writers and journalists write about arbitrary issues to pocket quick cash? No, any sane writer loves to communicate useful information for its own sake.

2.) “Freewrite”

Most teachers or professors will instruct you to first brainstorm and then compile an outline of the essay. The problem with this approach is that the student is not always clear on their content and approach at the start of the process. Although planning is important, writing can often come from inconsistent streams of thought, experimentation, and revision. Take out a piece of paper or open a black document on the computer and start writing down anything that comes to mind: topics, sentences, fragments, phrases, words, ideas, criticisms, books, names, and so on. Move things around and experiment. Do this while you are researching as well. You should aim to record any usable spark of thought that may help you along the way; don’t forget anything.

3.) Guidelines Aren’t Required, Only Rules

Don’t follow guidelines if they are counter-intuitive; they will hold you back. An English professor once prompted, “Have you ready a famous speech or essay written in the five-paragraph format?” Do whatever generates a clear, coherent paper without worrying about conventions that aren’t required for that specific assignment.

4.) Write the Assignment without Style, Precision, or Grammatical Complexity

When you first start writing, if you can’t articulate your true ideas and aren’t completely sure of how you want to phrase each sentence as you progress, write a quick, sloppy draft of most the paper. Disregard the style, precision, complicated sentence structures, and high-level vocabulary until you have your general ideas down.

5.) Reread, Refine, Revise

When you know what you want to write about and how you want to say it, go back and refine the paper. Don’t use a thesaurus unless you have a good reason. Spicing up an essay with more intelligent sounding words is not a good habit. Use words that get your points across effectively. Rearrange awkward sentences and don’t be afraid to completely rewrite a bad paragraph. If you can swap sentences and paragraphs in your paper, then you may not be as prepared as you thought.

6.) Ask Yourself Questions

The best way to generate more content for a longer and more heavily supported paper is to ask a myriad of questions. Pretend you know nothing about the subject or that you want to know more details. You have probably heard the many ways of developing your paper through analysis tools like comparing and contrasting, but these tricks are limited by their specific goals and range of consideration. Try a broad range of questions instead. Why did this happen? What does it mean for the future? What does this concept mean to different generations? Why do others have different opinions and why are they right are wrong? How diverse was the data pool for these statistics? Furthermore, after every claim, declaration, and explanation ask “how so?”. If you have ever seen a child get into the never ending loop of asking why repeatedly at the end of every consecutive explanation to some “all-knowing” grown-up, you know exactly what to do.

7.) Give it to the Critics

Your mom loves you, your dad is proud of you, and friend understands you, but they can do nothing for your papers with these wonderfully positive attitudes. Besides the occasionally boost in moral and support, don’t take your papers to people who aren’t critical or those who can’t back up their arguments cogently. Take your papers to your teachers and rivals; have intelligent people tear the dignity of the paper to shreds. This will give you plenty to write about and strengthen any weak areas that others are looking over. Be sure no to take the criticism personally as it is merely a tool for success.

8.) Are You Proud of it?

If you aren’t proud of the final product, you can’t expect anyone else to be. Make sure you will want to hang to masterpiece on your wall after the grading period is over.

9.) Understand Why the Process is Important

Writing is creative, empowering, and a phenomenal learning utility. While it is much more difficult to make the argument for other areas of study, remember that writing is a skill that will always help you in life. It will strengthen your ability to communicate, do quality research, argue logically, and solve problems.

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