How to Write a Last-minute Essay
In high school I was assigned a number of essays to write. With each essay came a lengthy period of time when I was to brainstorm, develop a thesis, piece together an introduction, craft supporting arguments, and deliver an exemplary conclusion. After several attempts at stretching out this process over the allotted time, I discovered that it was to my advantage if I saved the entire project until the last day or two and raced myself against the deadline clock. What resulted in almost all my efforts were pieces of writing that used my creative talent and focused my incessant desire to write into a clear essay. Now that I am taking a college composition course, I feel that the skill of writing a quality last-minute essay under pressure should be shared with my companions in the world of college writing.
To successfully piece together a last-minute essay, a topic must be selected and agreed upon before sitting down to write. This ensures that the writer can stay mentally focused and be able to concentrate solely on writing the essay. Once the topic has been selected, the last minute writing process can begin. However, it is not recommended that one simply brushes off the entire project until hours before the deadline, expecting to generate a topic, thesis, and well-written essay all in a short amount of time.
The writer should spend a few minutes (no more than fifteen) brainstorming a thesis for the topic and formulating ideas to support the thesis. The writer has a great advantage at this point - the added inspiration of pressure. When under pressure, there are no other options; the essay must be finished within the allotted time.
When the writer has a good set of arguments and examples, the actual process of writing can begin. The best way to begin is to write an introductory paragraph that both entices the reader to continue and provides a solid foundation to introduce the arguments for the thesis. A healthy introduction should entice the reader to continue. When the introduction is complete, a series of...