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Dedicated to your stories and ideas. A website by Thought. The first draft of everything is shit. They are hallmarks of a pretentious ass. Notice how many of the Olympic athletes effusively thanked their mothers for their success? Writing is not figure skating or skiing.

Your mother will not make you a writer. My advice to any young person who wants to write is: I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide.

You have to go after it with a club. Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout with some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.

There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong. Imagine that you are dying. If you had a terminal disease would you finish this book? The thing that annoys this weeks-to-live self is the thing that is wrong with the book.

Stop arguing with yourself. And no one had to die. Finally, evaluate your options. If your goal is to educate, choose a subject that you have already studied. If your goal is to persuade, choose a subject that you are passionate about. Whatever the mission of the essay, make sure that you are interested in your topic. In order to write a successful essay, you must organize your thoughts. This structure serves as a foundation for your paper.

Use either an outline or a diagram to jot down your ideas and organize them. To create a diagram, write your topic in the middle of your page.

Draw three to five lines branching off from this topic and write down your main ideas at the ends of these lines. Draw more lines off these main ideas and include any thoughts you may have on these ideas. If you prefer to create an outline, write your topic at the top of the page. From there, begin to list your main ideas, leaving space under each one. In this space, make sure to list other smaller ideas that relate to each main idea.

Doing this will allow you to see connections and will help you to write a more organized essay. Now that you have chosen a topic and sorted your ideas into relevant categories, you must create a thesis statement.

Your thesis statement tells the reader the point of your essay. Look at your outline or diagram. What are the main ideas? Your thesis statement will have two parts. The first part states the topic, and the second part states the point of the essay.

The body of your essay argues, explains or describes your topic. Each main idea that you wrote in your diagram or outline will become a separate section within the body of your essay.

Each body paragraph will have the same basic structure. Begin by writing one of your main ideas as the introductory sentence. Next, write each of your supporting ideas in sentence format, but leave three or four lines in between each point to come back and give detailed examples to back up your position.

Fill in these spaces with relative information that will help link smaller ideas together. Now that you have developed your thesis and the overall body of your essay, you must write an introduction.

Begin with an attention grabber. You can use shocking information, dialogue, a story, a quote, or a simple summary of your topic. Whichever angle you choose, make sure that it ties in with your thesis statement, which will be included as the last sentence of your introduction.

The conclusion brings closure of the topic and sums up your overall ideas while providing a final perspective on your topic. Your conclusion should consist of three to five strong sentences. Simply review your main points and provide reinforcement of your thesis. After writing your conclusion, you might think that you have completed your essay. Before you consider this a finished work, you must pay attention to all the small details.

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