Wednesday, 23 October 2013

How to write an deadlined essay

You're probably thinking: Olivia, enough with the essays!

I'm sorry catastrophic people, but I love writing essays. Not lab reports mind you, essays. So excuse me but this might pop up a lot.

I just finished writing my own advice on how to write an essay effectively with a seven day deadline. Of course, it also mentions YWS where you can post your essays. If you post them within deadline time, you can get valuable feedback that can help you. So what if you're not a fiction writer? Non fiction or simply schoolwork works here too. Here's the site for you: youngwriterssociety.com

Anyways, my article:


Most of us have to write essays for school or some other reasons. But most of the time, there is a deadline for it. So how do you write a good essay with limited time? Well, usually get about a week, so I shall map out 7 steps which can be very handy for writing your essay effectively.

Day 1: You may have just got the assignment, but do a lot of research. In fact, do all your research and save possible quotations in a document. Remember to keep the links of all the websites you use to make your bibliography later on.

Day 2: Analysis and thesis time. You have your knowledge base, so now start using the information to prove your argument/answer the essay question. Create your thesis (your main point) so that you know what the essay is based around.

Day 3: Time to write the actual essay. You can start with an outline, and then decide the topic sentence of each paragraph. Once you have those, you can easily write what follows in those paragraphs.

Day 4: Write the introduction and conclusion today. Then post the essay on YWS and put a link in these forums! Time to get some outside feedback before you do the final draft!

Day 5: Your day off. You’ve worked hard so far (and you probably have other assignments/homework.)

Day 6: Do the final editing! Take in all the advice, but remember not to stray too far if you’ve been given some guidelines from the teacher. Also, if you need to put your bibliography and footnotes in MLA format then a site I use is easybib.com . I’ve also heard that bibme.com is good too.

Day 7: All ready to hand in!

Any steps you think I missed? How much time do you usually have for an essay? Or do you just sit down and do it all in one night?

Bye loves <3 Olivia-Savannah

Monday, 14 October 2013

Writing - How to write essay introductions


Hey there my lovely Catastrophe's! Time to do something different on this blog. I'm going to talk about one of my hobbies - writing. I love it so much and am hoping to get somewhere with it in the future :) Of course, that's with fiction writing. But lately I've unearthed a love inside of me for writing non fiction and essays. I know, weird right?

So I wrote this how to write an essay introduction little article piece. It's posted on my beloved young writers website, and I wanted to share. But you can't view it unless you have an account. I'm sharing on my blog instead. Hope it's handy for all those struggling to start their essays!

Writing an introduction to an essay can seem like something difficult. You want to say something impressive and hooking to set the tone for the rest of the essay. So where to start?

1. The first thing to note is that you do not write the introduction as you start the essay. Why not? You never know what your essay is about until you know what you've put in it. So once the whole essay is written, go back and write the intro. No one knows what the movie will be called until they know what the movie is about, right? ;)

2. Basically there are three steps to the introduction: put something everyone knows. Then impress the reader by putting something no one knows. And then intrigue the reader by saying why they want to keep reading. Let's look at the beginning of a history essay.

"World War One was the first outbreak of a war that spread across the world. It included many countries and many battles. [everyone knows] There was a great build-up to this war with events such as the Moroccan crisis and the numerous alliances. There was also Balkan Crisis, which led to the Murder in Sarajevo. [not everyone knows] I will discuss these events in my essay and explain how industrialism, colonisation, nationalism and many other concepts were involved in the root of WW1. "[why you should keep reading]

What impresses the reader will always be dependent on the question.

3. Still stuck? Maybe you could start the essay with an interesting quote, which could ignite some inspiration.

Writing an introduction can be easy or difficult. How do you like to start your essays, and was this helpful to you?      

Until next time!
Olivia-Savannah x

Saturday, 5 October 2013

INFJ


INFJ = me. And I'm saying, it is very befitting indeed. I would like to explain why, and as I do, perhaps you'll get to know a bit more about me?

First off, let's use the picture. I must apologise for the spelling of loneliness up there. Gah, it annoys me too. And yes, I do feel lonely, even when I'm with my friends. Not because they leave me out. But because we talk about well "stuff" and just stuff. I don't know what I mean, really. But I think this picture pretty much sums it up itself. I hope I'll find this person who shares the connection.

Apparently, only 3% of the worlds population score INFJ. 2% female and (you guessed it) 1% male. I'm in there with those other rarities... And I actually only know one other INFJ.

"INFJs are gentle, caring, complex and highly intuitive individuals. Artistic and creative, they live in a world of hidden meanings and possibilities." I would like to see myself as having those traits... And I am fairly creative. I mean, my major hobby is writing and reading. Creativity is involved, and a big part of my life. I have a vivid imagination, always did have, playing games with nothing but air and what I believed I could see as a child...

They put a lot of energy into identifying the best system for getting things done, and constantly define and re-define the priorities in their lives. They know things intuitively, without being able to pinpoint why, and without detailed knowledge of the subject at hand. They are usually right, and they usually know it. Consequently, INFJs put a tremendous amount of faith into their instincts and intuitions.  This may result in the INFJ not being as organized as other types tend to be for example a consistently messy desk. I do not have a messy desk. I love to be tidy and clean. But tidy and clean in my opinion, which is why my mum always thinks I have a terribly messy room >< Heh, I kind of agree with this paragraph. :/

Well, I'm not going to add more and more and blab on. But if you are interested, here's the rest of the article about INFJ's http://www.personalitypage.com/INFJ.html

And also, if you want to know your personality, just check out any quiz online! Best to take three and get a valid answer though. I would love to know what personality you are, or how well you think it matches up. :) Adios, my catastrophic people!

Olivia-Savannah x