Wednesday, March 30, 2016

How to Make the Essay Writing Process Easier

As you've probably noticed, I've been away for a few weeks. I've been madly writing papers for the end of the semester. During this time, I picked up a few tips and tricks that can make the essay writing process easier for anyone. These aren't tips on how to write the different sections of the paper per-se, instead these are tips to make the whole process smoother. These tips have definetly saved my grade a few times and maybe they'll be your saving academic grace as well!

I should probably preface this by saying that I mostly write papers for English and History courses, although I think these tips can be applied all the disciplines.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Woolf, AnzaldĂșa and Writing Rituals

I'm not a scheduled writer. I don't write at the same time everyday. Actually, I don't write everyday. Okay, well I write something (i.e. notes for class, does that count?) everyday, but I don't work on my fiction project everyday. I've never been good at writing rituals, but I've always wondered if I having a little ritual might help me produce more work and write more often.

Let's look at the pros of having a ritual, shall we?
  • By completing your writing ritual you prepare yourself mentally and narrow your focus to your work
  • It signals to other people around you that you're on do-not-distract-me writing time
  • It makes you look like a cool, real writer 
Let's look at the cons now...
  • By not being able to complete your writing ritual, you can't get any writing done
  • It can become more of a show of being a writer than actually writing, especially if you announce it on your social media constantly (I swear that this is not a passive aggressive statement, honest!)
Okay, that was not a very comprehensive pro/con list, but it highlights the main issue that I want to point out. A writing ritual can be a great way to focus yourself, but that same way of focusing yourself can be extremely crippling. What happens when you can't make that cup of coffee or have perfect silence? You don't, maybe you tell yourself that you can't write. Its greatest strength is also it's greatest weakness (how typical). 

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