How to overcome the “fear of a clean slate»?

June 28, 2019
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Even the most experienced writer at the beginning of work on new work is sometimes visited by feelings of indecision and fear. But, as they say, the main thing is not in desire and not inability: just start writing. It doesn’t matter where you start: the main thing does not stop writing and for the time being do not worry about style and spelling. Make a preliminary outline of the main thoughts of the story and after that proceed to the design of the structure of your future creation.

If you are writing on a computer, it will not be difficult for you to swap fragments of writing, grouping them in different ways. If you prefer paper and pen, leave a space of one or two lines between theses so that you can add something later.

You can even take scissors and cut the sheet into strips to simplify this process. Try to build the future of the essay in order to develop the basic idea. If you end up with a “golden three”: the beginning (introduction), the middle (the main part of the essay) and the ending (conclusion), it means that you did everything right.

The general structure of the essay

Introduction

The introduction should contain some commentary on the essay topic – perhaps a definition of key concepts or an explanation, as you understand the question. Also in this section, you need to list which aspects of the topic you will consider and why.

Remember that an essay is not a novel, so you only need to choose a few basic arguments that reveal the topic. The introduction should give a clear idea of ​​what will be discussed further, and the teacher should see that you are responding to a specific set of questions posed.

So a good introduction should:

demonstrate your intention to answer the question;

show that you understand the topic;

to outline the structure of your answer and the main aspects that you will consider (your plan);

confirm that you have done some research and refer to one of your sources;

Fully fit the subject;

be concise and occupy about 8-9% of the total text (for example, 120 words in an essay of 1500 words).