I'm the type of person that just loves to write, and that does in fact include essays. However, I've found that they are either your best friend or your worst enemy. Likewise, either you can, in general, write well... or you just cant. These- found online- share what I'm talking about:
- From the attic came an unearthly howl. The whole scene had an eerie, surreal quality, like when you're on vacation in another city and Jeopardy comes on at 7:00 p.m. instead of 7:30.
- She grew on him like she was a colony of E. coli and he was room-temperature Canadian beef.... She had a laugh like that sound a dog makes just before it throws up... Her eyes were like two brown circles with big black dots in the center... Her hair glistened in the rain like nose hair after a sneeze.
- It hurt the way your tongue hurts after you accidentally staple it to the wall.
- The ballerina rose gracefully en pointe and extended one slender leg behind her, like a dog at a fire hydrant.
- The hailstones leaped from the pavement, just like maggots when you fry them in hot grease.
- The young fighter had a hungry look, the kind you get from not eating for a while.
Every now and again I'm asked how to write better and these are my little tips for my fellow "beginners":
- Plan. When working at a novel, I like to chart the characters, setting, and each scene, even if it takes a significant amount of time.
- Write what you want to read. This goes for anything you write- do it well, simply.
- Transitions. I think in my most recent essay, just over 1500 words, I had at least 50. I'm not even sure if it is possible to have too many. They create much smoother flow and a better presentation of thoughts, even though you don't always "need" them.
- Get offline and actually write. I think pencil and paper is the best, most efficient way to go. Typing, first I'll look up a word, then check my email... and before I know it, its over half an hour later and I've forgotten the word I was looking up in the first place.
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