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01/16/2020

If you don’t have enough context or, worse, you don’t follow the original author’s style of writing, then you could end up with a piece that sounds very amateurish while the original writer would be elated by the way the essay turned out. Another problem with the standard essay plan is that it can be extremely complicated and messy. Some essays look much better when written this way than when written this way and some essays are ruined completely on the spot. A good essay is rarely written to a set template without much creativity and, sometimes, a great deal of care. The best advice any teacher or mentor could give you is to experiment. Just because there are many examples of the same idea does not necessarily mean you should copy what all those examples have in common. As a student, make a point of taking each piece of information and trying to turn it in your own way. In my own personal example above, I wanted to include some “gems” and, for an example that included references, I looked for the shortest one I could find. Other people might find more elaborate ideas easier to understand but you’ll be surprised how much more complex the world actually is.

If you don’t have enough context or, worse, you don’t follow the original author’s style of writing, then you could end up with a piece that sounds very amateurish while the original writer would be elated by the way the essay turned out. Another problem with the standard essay plan is that it can be extremely complicated and messy. Some essays look much better when written this way than when written this way and some essays are ruined completely on the spot. A good essay is rarely written to a set template without much creativity and, sometimes, a great deal of care. The best advice any teacher or mentor could give you is to experiment. Just because there are many examples of the same idea does not necessarily mean you should copy what all those examples have in common. As a student, make a point of taking each piece of information and trying to turn it in your own way. In my own personal example above, I wanted to include some “gems” and, for an example that included references, I looked for the shortest one I could find. Other people might find more elaborate ideas easier to understand but you’ll be surprised how much more complex the world actually is.
My students were shocked at my apparent disregard for what they thought was a common style and in particular how I had apparently abandoned the structure of a standard essay! I suppose they were surprised because I was still writing essays of the best-of-the-best variety. However, the fact that I was working under my usual rules and using them wasn’t a reason to abandon them. You know better than anyone else, don’t you? The way I thought they should write is still how I thought they should write. So if I was still interested in being a student when I was writing my own papers, there was an important lesson to learn. If anything, I had taken a step back from that
What’s the most you’ve ever written?
How much do you like reading and writing and how much do you like both of the above, combined?
What else can you tell me?
I hope you have found this interesting, enlightening, and fun to read. I do hope it gets you interested in the writing process and gives you insight into how it works.
Good luck in the writing process!The world is changing and it’s up to us to meet these changes head on.
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