Essay writing help: brainstorming new ideas
Like it or not, essay writing will be part of your education, both in high school and in higher education institutions. Essays can be easily misinterpreted as being very easy to write by many students, but the truth about them is that they can be extremely strict when it comes to the guidelines, just as much as any other kind of academic writing piece can be.
One of the most difficult things when it comes to writing essays is finding new ideas on which you should lay your actual thesis statement. When you find yourself in a "writer's block" and when you feel too stressed out to actually think about something to write about, you should follow the next pieces of advice:
- Relaxation is important. Of course, this does not mean that you should only relax and not work on your essay at all, but the truth is that being stressed out about something can always prevent you in one way or another from actually getting down to doing that thing. Take a walk, watch a movie, go out with a friend or do anything that may take your mind off your assignment even if it is just for a few hours. You will feel better when you come back and you will be able to open your mind towards new ideas.
- Read the "basics" of what your essay is about. Try to find books that generally present the topic at hand or articles that could give you an idea what to write about. If you want to use these books or articles in your essay, do not forget to cite them. Otherwise, your paper may be considered to be plagiarized, even if you just borrowed some ideas from someone else.
- Free-writing can actually help. Stop for a moment and think about the topic of your essay. Then simply start writing without taking into consideration academic norms. Write as much as you want to about this topic, but make sure that you do not stop. Let your ideas flow and write them down on the paper. While not everything you wrote down may actually be useful or suitable for your essay, there will be an important part of it that will help you jump-start the writing process. Weed out anything that is not useful or anything that is not suitable and you will be left with a bunch of good core ideas for your essay!