Honesty is key
The biggest problem with beginning writers and writers who struggle is that they are trying to be something they’re not. The key to good writing is honesty. The reason people are trying instead of being is that they lack confidence or they lack information. Confidence comes with time, but information is the fastest way to it.
Say you have to write a paper on The Great Gatsby, but you don’t know what to write about and you didn’t read the book very closely. You’re sitting in front of a blank sheet and you can’t think of anything to say. What do you do?
Here’s a tip I like to share with new students. Pretend you care. I don’t mean, try to make yourself care, I mean really pretend like this was something you did care about. How would you go about talking about, or better yet, how would you go about learning about it? Research The Great Gatsby like you’re researching your favorite book, or Hollywood star, or skateboard, or video game. Think about the things you do when you are interested and apply the same techniques to researching your topic. Once you have a solid amount of information, a variety of specialist perspectives, perhaps even some statistics, the writing will be easier to organize. You may even find yourself going over the assigned page limit.
About The Author
|Language Skills And ESL|
|I have years of experience working with ESL students. I excel in reading comprehension and writing. My strategy is always to find a way for the student to connect with the material at hand. Once a connection is made, learning becomes easier.|