Write An Essay In A Day
You discover what you’re going to say through the process of writing.
The flat outline gives you just enough structure to overcome the dreaded “blank canvas” while still leaving room for discovery.
Demonstrating this level of engagement with your assignments can only boost your grade.
Most students abandon their hierarchical outline soon after their fingers hit the keyboard.”– Cal Newport, “How to Use a Flat Outline to Write Outstanding Papers, Fast”Ever since I learned the traditional method of outlining papers in 8th grade, I felt the system was broken.As I explained in my guide to library research, you shouldn’t spend more than 30 minutes per page of the final paper researching.That is, if the paper is supposed to be 5 pages, don’t spend more than 2.5 hours on research (maximum).If you don’t have an environment where you can focus, you’ll waste hours jumping back and forth between the paper and whatever distractions come your way.To make sure you have the focus of a zen master, you must create a writing environment that enables zen-like focus.As frustrating as those activities can be, they always seemed more finite than the monumental task of “writing a paper.” You can’t just open the book and start working: you have to brainstorm, research, outline, draft, edit, and add those pesky citations.As I moved through college, however, I developed a system for cranking out papers in record time.This let me spend more time on things that I enjoyed, such as writing for this blog and taking long walks through the woods. The ultimate waste of time when writing a paper is to write something that doesn’t even answer the question the professor is asking.Today, I’m going to share this process so that you too can write papers more quickly (without a decrease in the quality of your writing). Don’t be afraid to ask the professor to explain any part of the assignment that’s unclear.I never created an outline with bullets and numbers and letters before writing the paper.I always just made one up afterwards because I was to turn one in with the final paper.