This is one of the many good questions raised discussion about personal development
Hello, probably every one of us, from the very first grades in school to the higher education, with a variety of longer texts such as essays, articles, interpretations, etc. However, not everyone has ideas, is able to intelligently, bind their thoughts in texts of 400 words or more, and among them I am myself.
In the past, I didn’t experience any major problems, but the further the writing topics become more complex, and I notice that I spend more and more time on the white sheet (i.e. I can’t even humanize the first lines of text, introductions).
I do not think it would be helpful for me to have tips on how to develop my text-making, sentence-making skills. I have heard that reading books is very helpful for this, but I have a lot of acquaintances who don’t read them at all and write the longest texts without problems and get the best ratings. In addition, the state language examination of the Lithuanian mother tongue is soon awaiting the task of creating text.
I never read a lot of books, and I don’t know if I was in great trouble at school, trying to write a longer essay on a given topic – most often, I never wrote, always twice as much as I needed (and if my classmates were able to) but for some reason I did not worry (although maybe it was necessary) – I just said to myself: why should I have something to say about any topic that someone gives me?
When I finished school I soon forgot that I had such a problem at all with short texts – I just wrote when I got thoughts and not when someone says.
However, after joining the university I encountered an essay and could not believe what the level of the requirements were: the first session of the exam needed to write 3 essays in 3-4 hours (in English) on topics that were not known in advance: come, play gong , flip the page, find themes – grab a pen and write two hours without a gong to announce the end of the exam – then count the number of pages you sign and give them away.
The first time I heard the exam waiting for me and remembering the school, I thought I had no chance of keeping it. But I kept it – and quite well. That exam taught me what it means to be ready to discuss any question that will be asked. The essence of that exam was to leave no time for thinking – sitting and looking at the sheet of paper. Also, do not leave time for reading what you write – as if it were a live language, you have to give your thoughts straight away, because you will not have time to return to that sentence later.
So how do you prepare for writing so you can just sit down and write?
I have one rule that I always try to follow – whether it is a message in a forum, a state language exam in the Lithuanian language, or a blog, or a five-page essay for a university: have a story you could tell – and better not even one.
It is always easier for you to write, and for the reader – to read – when something is told in the text – is some kind of storyline – something you read later and you could read it to a friend instead of forgetting it immediately and thinking: what have I just read?
True, nobody needs only stories. The most important are the few sentences that the signatures have told the story – your conclusions, the essence, the reason why it appeared in your text.
My record is a good example of this – it started with a story about examinations and what I’m teaching now is its moral (I don’t like this word if openly).
Yes, you can tell your stories on the internet, but they are not interested in either school or university. The fundamental difference is that you have to tell the story of someone else, not someone else’s. In order to tell you, you must first know that you are interested to know. The topics you will need to write are usually no secret (even if you don’t know the exact subtopics) – so the areas you need to go into can be identified.
Most people try to find some definitions in encyclopaedias and this is the preparation for the essay or essay – and when they go and start writing, they stop sticking their eyes to the white sheet of paper, because they will not have anything to say (definitions are over). No more, because there is no history you could tell. The story of your story can take up a very large part of any essay or essay and release you from the volume of text problems – the most important thing is to stop the reader from doubting that you necessarily needed to describe that story.
It was through telling stories that I saved myself by writing those three essays in two hours: for each essay, I applied examples that correspond to 2-3 themes (a widely described example is history).
The easiest way to accumulate luggage stories is to read. You can read news portals and follow what is happening in Lithuania and the world for the state essay of the Lithuanian language – you have no idea how easy it is to surprise the writer with his wide worldview and erudition by describing what teachers do not say in lessons – it doesn’t matter if you found it in the dolphin, this shows that you are interested in searching for information, gaining what is interesting (and important) and – most importantly – making what you read (very intelligent) conclusions that you can give by telling the story. You just show that you are really interested in that topic – that you’re not an ordinary “kalikas” who writes just because you need it.
During school time I was always clinging to the theme of art and during the state exam one of my essay stories I chose the events and benefits of the Vilnius European Capital of Culture and the shortcomings, my ideas – and the preparation was simple: browsing the website for the evening before the exam, finding several articles by different critics and their own opinion – which has already formed for some time simply by following the news.
However, reading is not the only way to accumulate knowledge. In one of that university’s essay on the subject of “Time concept” (think about what you would write in 3 pages?), I told about three documentaries that were viewed: one about the past, another about the present and the third about the future – they were all cool , with deep thoughts, so it wasn’t difficult for me to convey what those films wanted to say in my writing. Only the three “messages” – the concept of time that each of those films tried to convey – allowed me to write a good essay.
It does not matter that a large part of the content is just a revelation – I have no doubt that interesting stories are interesting for every person to read – you just have to show that your mind, simply describing how you understand everything – and nobody will be able to catch anything – will be much more interesting for any assessor than theories are crammed with writing or pouring from the blank to the hole.
To sum up:
- Choose a few topics that are closest to your heart (let’s say one main, another backup)
- Take a look at everything around you and look for the best thing that has been created so far (books, movies, articles)
Be able to filter what’s interesting and what’s not. If you read one article, it does not mean that it has a story worth entering into your script. Interesting – when you would like to tell a friend or a person who is interested in a topic
Never rely on one opinion. Scripture (essay) has to give different opinions – even if you do not agree with the other party, know what it says, gather its arguments and add to your text – finally, it will help formulate your own personal approach to the subject (you will not complain that you have nothing to say) ): It is often the case that you agree with some of the arguments of one side and the other, – the essay is a great opportunity for you to express yourself – if you teach, why do you agree with one and why with others, not the thought of one one-sided critic
After reading any article, book, looking at the film, ask yourself: what did he want to say? What’s his idea? Do I agree if not – why? Find out what others think about it (the easiest search on Google can find non-professional critics, bloggers) – maybe you’ve missed something important about what you didn’t think of
So to write a good essay, you have to clog your head with knowledge, opinions, arguments. If you don’t have anything to write about – mean, don’t have anything to say.
Everyone has to constantly improve on different topics. The best way to improve is to look for those who know more than you. What’s wonderful is that you can learn more about yourself than your teachers or teachers – especially if it’s something new.
Level up to the best: if it’s a book, a movie, or an article, then they are the best professionals in the field. Just – looking for and collecting information every day. Moving in the right direction, I feel that there are too many thoughts in my mind – and I want to write it myself (as happened to me now).
I wish this to everyone – that the information would press his head in such a way that he would like to write himself.