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how to write a kickass essay with 1/2 the stress

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Ah-reum Han

on 15 October 2013

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Transcript of how to write a kickass essay with 1/2 the stress

find out what your teacher wants
get the assignment prompt and break it down into its individual parts
this becomes the skeleton for your essay
spooky
your awesome body paragraphs
the cool thing about the essay is that you pretty much get to tell people what you think
don't hold back
your name is already on the top of the page
so whatever you say
try to really mean it
don't start with the intro paragraph
seriously, this is a great way of stumping yourself ten minutes into the writing process
you're trying to write an intro for a paper that doesn't exist yet???
start with the first body paragraph
introduction paragraph
now that you have some kickass body paragraphs and a conclusion, rewrite your conclusion and introduce your topic
notice how it's 300x easier to introduce something AFTER you've written it
slap a badass thesis statement at the end of your intro
how to write a kickass essay with 1/2 the stress
conclusion paragraph
the conclusion is like the end of a 30-second commercial where they hold the product up at the end just in case you forgot you were watching a hot pockets commercial
hold up the highlight reel of your arguments just one more time for your audience
just in case they forgot what they just read
rhetorical situation:
purpose: why am i writing?
audience: who am i writing for?
badass thesis statement
remember the skeleton we made in slide 2?
get it back out
make a single sentence that makes all those points
then just list those things
don't bother introducing yourself or your topic
your name is on it, remember? we can just assume your readers will know that everything you write, you mean
quotes
quotes are a great way to make yourself look credible, but only use them when you really can't say it any other way
this is your paper, so own it!
so YOUR voice should be the strongest
you need to talk before and after a quote
tell people who you're quoting
tell people why they should care
citations
fun fact: Microsoft Word's citation maker is literally the scum of the earth
never use it
use citationmachine.net instead
or make your own
Purdue OWL will be a godsend
(it takes about the same amount of time with a li'l practice)
done.
go get yourself a milkshake.
because you have a rough draft, my friend.
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