There is nothing easier than writing. You just open up text processor and start to type the thing down and after a certain period of time it is done and it is relatively perfect and definitely serviceable. That is how you answer the question “How to write?”. But that kind of wishful thinking is utterly and thoroughly wrong.
Writing is not only writing. It is developing a time schedule, doing the research, sketching, trying different ways, etc. Without taking such steps the only thing you will achieve will be a hot mess and you will slip into panic mode because the deadline is drawing closer and closer. That’s why you need to consider the ways you can organize your work.
Basically by organizing writing process you get a guarantee for a result. Whether or not it will be any good – that’s another question. The fact is – you will get something no matter what. And you can work it out in a variety of ways…
Here’s the thing – writing is a tricky subject to write about. It is a kind of the same all time but each time it is different. There are no definitive recipes of how to organize yourself in the best ways. Consider these advices as possibilities worth trying.
Choose the topic
Choice of the topic is single most important thing in writing. If you get the wrong perspective or your topic is a little bit lame – you will be forced to go back to the beginning in order to make it work. Basically it all boils down to choosing something that wasn’t really exposed yet. If you’re writing an essay about literature – that is almost always the case. If the topic is well-explored, you should consider combining several into a plausible thought-provoker. If there is nothing substantial on your topic – then you can do whatever you want. And that is not the good thing since it makes your essay less credible. Remember about that.
Collect the intel
Once the topic is set – you need to start the research. These phase is usually divided into several level. First is intense and unmitigated rampage of collecting every little bit of information on the subject. If it has the keywords of interest – grab it. Next level is going through all the gathered information, leaving out insignificant and keeping everything of interest. Third level is composing a premake of the text by using bits and pieces of texts from the gathered information. This will make a working prototype of an essay which will serve as a foundation for your own text.
Also – while going through research materials, note all the emerging ideas. Maybe some of it will be useful while working on the text later.
Develop your own Point of View
That’s the most important part. Your point of views the gist of the text. It is what matters the most. How to develop it – it’s all in the text. You get the keywords – everything dances around them. There are concepts hidden behind the words. These concepts correlate between each other. The explanations of the concepts reference other writings – you get the perspective. Bit by bit it comes together. At first it looks blurry – but then it clears out. It’s all about making the dots and then connecting the dots into a fairly curvy line.
Make the structure
It is easier to work if you know what exactly are you doing. Structure is the skeleton of the text, its blueprint. Without it – everything falls apart. You need to think which information is better to be presented in which parts of the text to make plausible and coherent argument.
Most common and proven structure consists of three parts: introduction, main part and conclusion. In the introduction you tell the reader what you are about to do and why. In the main part you explore the subject, one point at the time with minimal bleedthrough. In the conclusion you round things up and summarize everything said before.
Here’s what should be included:
- Basic definition of the used terms;
- Thorough description of your intentions in the essay;
- Clean, easy-to-follow structure with step-by-step exploration of the subject;
- Aesthetic, Scientific, Historic backgrounds of the subject;
- Different kinds of perspectives from other researchers;
- Conclusions can be traced throughout the text.
Write it down
While it may seem funny – it takes a lot to start writing. But then – why bother if you’re not ready? After your structure is done and you have gathered enough research materials – you can start writing The Text. The only rule that is worth following in writing is to write one thing at the time without trying to take everything at once. After you’ve finished the text – let it cool down a bit and revisit it. A little pause gives renewed perspectives which makes you see all the problematic parts of the texts. With all the problems marked – you can start revisions. Usually it takes two or three rounds of revisions to get polished text.
That’s it. While there can be further elaborations on what to do and how to do – these are the essentials. Be sure to subscribe to our blog and share the word with your friends!