How I Wrote 74 A-Grade Essays in 6 Months Without Going Crazy

If your first thought is "why the hell would you do that?" you're obviously smarter than me.

If your first thought is, "how can I do that?" you're in the right place.

Of course, your goal might not be to write an insane number of essays in a short amount of time.

Maybe you want to make the process of writing easier, simpler, and more effective.

Maybe you want to be able to write your essay start to finish in just a few hours, because just maybe there are other things you need/want to do.

Maybe it's because you want to build up your essay writing skills so that you can write papers that matter.

Before I wrote 74 essays in 6 months writing essays was for me at best difficult, at worst, excruciating.

I ran through tricks all the time -- changing the font of all the periods to 14pt to boost the page count (barely does anything), sending a corrupted file to my professor to gain more time, writing crap paragraph after paragraph just to get the thing DONE.

Writing was so painful.

I would stare at the blank screen, look down at my pages of notes, and become paralyzed by a fear of not knowing how to build my argument, how to create a compelling thesis.

Writer's block. It's real. I've had it. In school you can't afford it.

Want to know the secret for overcoming writer's block?

You build a system that works, every time.

Soon, you start learning how to write better, faster, and with less pain and suffering.

And no, it's not as hard as it sounds.

Want to know the secret for overcoming writer's block?

You build a system that works, every time.

I didn't realize how much I was shortchanging my writing abilities by implementing tactics that didn't help me write better, but just prolonged the inevitable suck-fest that was finishing up an essay.

Until I had to write a bunch of essays in quick succession over a longish period of time, I didn't realize that there were shortcuts that actually helped me write better papers.

Not only that. These shortcuts helped me become a better writer.

Make writing college essays, simple, and more effective using this proven formula. Defeat procrastination, writer's block, and bad grades with one trick! This is so insanely good your college life will change forever.

Make writing college essays, simple, and more effective using this proven formula. Defeat procrastination, writer's block, and bad grades with one trick! This is so insanely good your college life will change forever.

 

The step-by-step system for writing winning essays, fast.

Pick a topic:

Give up the idea of perfect. Give up the idea of "good," "right," or "better." Just make your move.

Skilled essay writers can turn nearly any topic into an A worthy paper.

If you have this mentality, you'll spend less time finding the perfect topic, and more time crafting a great essay.

Want to know how to choose a topic fast and turn that topic into a complex thesis without brain fatigue?

Grab my easy topic to thesis worksheet! You can use it again and again to find an interesting, writeable topic and turn that into the thesis for your paper.

 

Use Formulas:

One of my favorite copywriters of all time, the incredible Joanna Weibe of Copy Hackers, nicely articulated one of the most important lessons a college student can learn.

Only rookies write from scratch.

Because we've been taught that the way to write an essay is only through trial and error, we've got this incredibly limiting idea that we've got what it takes to write an essay, and whether we're good or not depends on an innate ability. 

Bullshit!

Not even practice will have you writing winning essays if you don't know what the hell a winning essay looks like and sounds like.

Even then, you still need to train yourself to write well. That's where practice comes in, not before.

I received so many papers back from my professors with red ink scrawled on them pointing out how crap my arguments were or garbled my syntax was.

I read through the comments, stomach shriveling into a little black pit, and put the paper away forever.

Did I instantly improve by writing my next paper? Or the one after that? Or the fifteen after those?

NO!

Because I didn't have the formulas or structures in place to allow me to learn how to write better.

I knew some things I was bad at: being vague, being unclear.

But I didn't know how to not do those things.

My teachers would point out what was wrong, but no one sat me down and said "this is what you need to do."

Knowing what I know now, some hundred teeth-pulling essays later, I would have sky rocketed my essay writing ability and would have been able to churn out publishable essays by the time I was a junior. 

But no, I took the long route, because no one took the time to break down what it took to write a professional level essay -- not even a college level essay. 

No one will teach you this.

Not your college professors, not your parents, not a blog.

Why?

We've been using the mold of "trial and error" for so long no one thinks to question it.

It's just the way we're taught in schools...because it's how we've been taught...

That's why in my course I teach you how to....

•Crib style from the masters

•Create an essay formula you can use over and over again

•Defeat writers block for good

•Write clear, compelling, well-structured papers that will have your professors writing YES!!! all over your paper.

(It's all taught in the Intro to Honors Masterclass.)

So how to do you actually make yourself a better essay writer?

Remember this quote?

Good artists copy, great artists steal.

Ben Franklin taught himself to write by reading a popular journal, The Spectator, and using little contextual notes attempted to recreate the sentiment and subject of the article.

Pretty badass.

And if you've ever read Ben Franklin, he's a pretty eloquent writer.

Now what Ben did is a little more hardcore than what I'll have you do.

To learn how to write the best essays you must first find an essay that you like and that you want to emulate.

This is super easy.

Pick a topic, search that topic on google scholar, jstor, google books, or your favorite source for finding peer-reviewed articles.

Then analyze that article for structure.

Go through sentence by sentence and ask yourself what the function of each sentence is, what details are included and how they work.

For example:

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Sentence 1: Introduces the topic. It's a simple statement of fact. It compels interest and curiosity ("...was a watershed event in research on human origins." 

Sentence 2: Explains the why of "it was a watershed event." Sets a specific time frame and location.

Sentence 3: Factual statement. Sets the stage for the introduction of the problem.

Sentence 4: Introduces the problem as a mystery the paper will then solve.

Analyzing a paper for its formal structure, sentence by sentence, gives you a sentence by sentence rubric you can follow to push your paper along.

Different essays will yield different rubrics.

It's like learning to play a song on the piano using sheet music. You learn one song, then you can play it without looking.

Then you learn another, and another, until you get the hang of the principles of song-making and piano-paying you've become a virtuoso.

Writing is an art. And the same principles to learning an art apply here. 

Artists learn to paint by copying masters.

Musicians learn to play by reading music or figuring a song out by ear.

Essayists learn to write essays by emulating essayists.

Authors learn to write by reading books and emulating their favorite authors.

You must pick apart the elements to know what's at work, and then you use those elements to write your own essay. 

It's not plagiarism, you're not copying content, but you are cribbing style, form, and rhetorical structure.

Best of all, it gets to be really FUN. Once you get a hang of the process and the basics, you can start riffing with freedom and confidence.

Some of the best papers I've ever written happened after I left Berkeley and shucked off the stress of essay writing. I infused sass, style, and creativity to my introductions and I had a great time writing winning papers.

So, what do you think?

Are you going to write your next essay by the seat of your pants? Or are you going to create an easy to follow guide and write an essay that will build your chops?

Let me know what you think in the comments. I'm looking forward to some good discussion!