Came back a bit late with this post. Got myself busy with the maintenance work for a couple of days. Though it’s not been over, I managed to get some time for another post for you. In today’s post, I’ve tried to throw light on how one should attempt a good piece of writing in today’s busy world with a tight deadline.
Preparing a good piece of writing has always been a good past time for all ages. One should have all the time in the world to develop a good piece of writing but unfortunately, it doesn’t always work in that way.
In most cases, people are forced to write unwillingly or are bound to write quickly in an uncomfortable situation. They fail to follow certain desired rules while writing because of a tight deadline imposed. However, producing a good piece of writing requires a certain number of facts to be practised even when very pushed for writing.
1. The right mindset:
It is quite natural to experience a feeling of panic, feeling as you don’t think you are even capable of producing the piece or as if you don’t have enough time to do it. The first thing you have to do is to get rid of all the negative feeling – the feeling of being defeated before even beginning. Take it as a challenge to accept the challenge. Think of it as proving yourself that you are capable of taking on this challenge. Start it up in any way and enjoy the experience. Keep in mind that you have to remain calm, concentrate on what you are supposed to write and attack the work in an organized way.
2. Stay away from your phone and social media for a while:
In today’s technologically advanced era smartphones and social media do have far-reaching consequences in our daily lives by gobbling up our time without even realising. Although worthy of information, social media distract us from the works currently in hand. All you need to do is to isolate yourself from your phone and social media. This would give you enough space to think about what you are trying to write. A “Don’t disturb” paperweight may help you a lot in this case.
3. To read the instructions carefully:
In most cases, people have a tendency to see what they want to see. When you are in rush it’s easier to put a layer on the given topic and think you’ve got it and this is the start of heading in the wrong direction. Before going too far first read the instructions carefully and try to perceive what it’s asking you to do. You can apply some tricks to do this as well. Underline the keywords in the given instructions such as ‘discuss’, ‘compare’, ‘compare and contrast’, ‘analyse’ etc. Next, focus on these words with respect to the given topic. This may help you find the right direction.
4. Get relevant books:
Collecting books relevant to your subject matter can be a good idea. Open up the relevant pages you will need in order to speed up your work and save your precious time. Spot or identify the lines, phrases, stanzas that support your needs and try to be clear about what you are going to be writing. Once done, sum up your argument in a sentence and express yourself. Remember your work will work towards the goal only if you begin with a clear idea of your argument.
Sometimes it is obvious that you won’t be able to come up with the desired effect. You may use subtle tricks here. First, prepare some notes from the resources you have. Once you have the outline of your topic, you can turn your notes into an article or the piece you want it to be or an argument in the form of an essay.
5. Introduction and conclusion:
It is often said that the introduction and the conclusion are the hardest jobs of all the writing staff. So consider on attempting these at last or when you have almost finished with it. By then you will have already spent a long thinking of the essay and writing the body of it. The task of writing both the introduction and conclusion would be much easier for you have already spent plenty of time on your argument to be familiar with it.
6. Don’t indulge yourself in just copying and pasting:
Nowadays people are seen simply googling the topic to copy and paste it wherever it is applicable. Plagiarism, mind it, is unethical and it’s hard to avoid especially when you are in a hurry. It tempts you to copy and paste useful information into your work. Ample examples, as well as resources, are available on the internet, that almost match with what you are going to write about. It reflects that you or the author hasn’t learnt the topic in depth. Remember that your readers can google too.
7. Try to avoid overquoting:
When your work is time-bound a common practice is to quote other people (scholars, resources etc.). This is practised in order to increase the word count and decrease the amount of labour and time they would actually have to spend. Try not to do this. It clearly shows that you as an author haven’t fully mastered the subject yourself. Your own writing should cover a vast majority of the work and it is good to comment on short quotes used not too much in the piece.
Sometimes it is found difficult to concentrate in your work environment. Some people get it easier by changing the scene for work/writing. This might help you focus on writing. So visit a coffee shop or a library if you get distracted by noise at home or the place you have chosen for the task. See if you can work any better.
People get bored very quickly especially when it is the question of preparing a literary piece of work. So taking short breaks from time to time might protect you from draining your energy. Take a short break or go for a tea half past the time you have allotted for your work. But work straight through continuing your topic, if you don’t feel the necessity of one. This would strengthen your efficiency and productivity.
10. Some usual tricks:
It is very common to use a silly trick to fill the pages of your work with more and more empty space, widening the margins trying to trick the readers into thinking that it is longer than it really is. To be straight it might irritate your readers costing your impression on them.
However, the last but not the least, we all are mere instruments of Mother Nature to pass on what we have learnt and thereby enrich the world for our descendants. So, think of it and perform your role.
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