This might be the most important tip that I will share with you because it speaks to confidence. Believing you can write a great essay is the very first step to writing a great essay. Measured confidence can take you pretty far because you won’t be afraid to fail. You’ll just dust yourself off and sharpen your pencil again.
The beauty of the college essay is that it remains hidden until you decide to release it into the world. If you hate what you’ve written, you don’t have to submit it. It’s that simple. So go for it!
You must remember that writing is like anything else. Baseball players don’t show up at The World Series final game without practicing (a ton). Pianist don’t show up at Carnegie Hall without practicing (a ton). Teachers don’t show up to the classroom – Doctors don’t show up for surgery – Magicians don’t show up to the stage – Preachers don’t show up to the pulpit without a ton of preparation.
When you sit down to write your essay, remember that you are very likely a beginner. This means that it might be challenging in ways you didn’t expect. Just keep writing and revising. You will get there!
Here is what Ira Glass has to say about being a beginner…
So trust your writerly instincts and get busy creating that first draft!
P.S. For the full list of college essay writing tips, click here.
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When I started telling people I am trying to write a novel, most people were very excited for me. They ask the story line. They congratulate me on being brave enough to tackle writing a book. Some even offer to read chapters for me.
It’s all very fun.
But then, just the other day, a neighbor asked me, “soooooo, are the characters based on anyone I know?”
I was actually startled by the question. The Alligator Purse is most assuredly fiction. Neighbors, friends, and relatives need not worry.
But I guess this is something that all writers should consider when working on their books. People will start to get nervous that you might uncover some deep dark secret about them and reveal it to the world. Or that you will exaggerate their quirks for a laugh.
I personally cannot imagine writing a “tell-all” type book. That tabloid mentality does not appeal to me.
But that doesn’t make this t-shirt any less funny. 😎 You can get it on Amazon.
So, if you know me, don’t worry. You won’t be in my book. At least not on purpose. 😉
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I know, where have I been?
Reading My Ruby Slippers…
and I reviewed it over here at A Reason To Read ……
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