Google last minute essay writing and it will quickly show 13 pages of resources for completing an essay at the last minute. Going through those pages won’t work because you’ll just exhaust your trying to look through all those suggestions and even confuse you. Try as you might to organize yourself, there are times when you just have to do a rush job. Maybe things got in the way, or, no excuses, you just procrastinated. It would be useless to tell you to relax, especially if the deadline is in a couple of days. So here are some tips to compress the work you should have started on 2-3 weeks prior.
A Plan Of Action
First order of the day, make an outline. Think of a title that will provide the reader an idea of the subject of your work. Keeping the title in mind will help you develop the subsections of the outline, which will be where you will develop your main points. Check the progression of your outline. You need an introduction, the subsections for the main body, and a summary.
The resulting outline will be your roadmap for the the research you need to focus on. This outline will also help you focus your energies on the important points you need to expand on while writing.
Secondly, find a distraction-free environment. That means a quiet place where few people will bother you. It also means willing yourself to disconnect from your social media feeds. Unless your sources are all books and journals, asking you to go offline is unrealistic, no? But yeah, go ahead and turn off those notifications and close those superfluous tabs. Most people will need a cup of coffee to jumpstart their brain. It’s not a bad thing. Just be careful that you don’t get too wired that you become fidgety and unable to focus. Last but not least, forget dwelling on any later plans you might have if you really want to power through this thing.
Start your research. Identify the sources and resources you will need for what you are going to write about. Have your outline handy, so that you can compile the proper sources without going off tangent. It’s easy to get distracted by an interesting thread you see, but it may have no bearing on the subject at hand. Worse, you may even miss a point you want to discuss if you don’t have your outline nearby. Furthermore, write down things that strike you, quotes, ideas, even a word or two. They may be useful later.
Finally, get grinding. Research is the key to a piece that is factual and convincing. If your research is shallow, then the resulting work will be a lousy read. Spend some time doing research, making notes, or copying and pasting key ideas to a working notepad. Only then should you get to writing. Look at your outline so you know where and how to start. It would be good if you can throw in a paragraph or two sourced from an academic site, book, or journal. Better still if it reinforces one of the main points of the topic you are writing about. Make your sentences concise and your content memorable. While writing, don’t worry about writing a bad line or two - or even a paragraph. You will need to edit your work later anyway, and what seems like a silly statement now could be refined and repurposed somewhere else in the document. There is no need to write in the order of your outline. In fact, some experienced writers leave the introductory and summary paragraphs for last.
Miscellaneous But Important Tips
An important note: take breaks. If you’ve been following this series, you’ll have read about the Pomodoro technique. Basically, you work hard for 30 minutes, take a 5-minute break, and repeat. After the 4th 30-minute sprint, take a 15-minute break. That would be enough time for a snack. Don’t forget to hydrate too. Water is best. Taking such breaks will give your mind and body time to regroup. It works for a lot of people, so it’s not some shady life hack. For some people, a break can be enough of a distraction to go off checking your Twitter or Facebook feed. DON’T! Drink some water, walk down the hall, think of what you want to write about next.
Done writing? Congratulations and good job! But you’re not done yet. Take a break, a long one. Then proofread your work, making sure to have specific emphasis on checking your grammar, and looking for phrases that can be improved upon. Proofreading after a night’s sleep would be even better. Looking at your work through a fresh pair of eyes will really help you discover some words you might have overlooked. Check your formatting too. Have someone like a friend look over your work if possible. Only then can you submit your work.
If you’ve gotten to this point in the article, chances are you’re nearing your deadline for that essay or article. Well then, better get to it! Start writing that outline before that procrastination symptom rears its ugly head again.