Doing An Essay In One Day

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  1. I'm really just after some reassurance here; I have a 3000 word essay due in on Tuesday that I haven't written a word of yet!

    I need to sleep pretty much now as I have to get up at 4-5 tomorrow morning, then I have lectures until 3 so I won't be able to start until then. I do sort of have a clue what I'm writing about and I've written a pretty good essay plan but I'm still only going to have about 6 hours maximum to write the entire thing. And this includes a full reference list in the Vancouver style.

    Pleeeease can someone tell me this isn't entirely impossible, or that they've done a similar thing themselves?!?
  2. What time do you need to hand this in on tuesday?
    You'll probably have to do an all nighter for this one (night of monday to tuesday).

    I mean if you have to get up at 4/5 and you are at uni till 3, you are going to be pretty tired when you get back? So either take a nap and then work, or do some work, sleep and then do everything the rest of the night and what you have left on tuesday.

    It's tricky but possible.
    (Original post by Carpet21)
    I'm really just after some reassurance here; I have a 3000 word essay due in on Tuesday that I haven't written a word of yet!

    I need to sleep pretty much now as I have to get up at 4-5 tomorrow morning, then I have lectures until 3 so I won't be able to start until then. I do sort of have a clue what I'm writing about and I've written a pretty good essay plan but I'm still only going to have about 6 hours maximum to write the entire thing. And this includes a full reference list in the Vancouver style.

    Pleeeease can someone tell me this isn't entirely impossible, or that they've done a similar thing themselves?!?
  3. Yes, but not well.

Today’s topic is on how to write that 1000 words really fast, or write a 2000-word or 3000-word or even 10,000 word, 30 page essay in one day. How to write 500 words or 1000 words or 2000 words or even 10,000 words in a day? Dude, it’s true – if you do it right, you can write a 10,000-word essay in a day. Yes, completely possible. It’s all in the mind. If you have an alert and super-dynamic mind, and if your thoughts travel fast, you can probably write a 1000-word essay in an hour or 75 minutes. But it will all depend on your mental alertness. Some days will be slow and on some days, you will be on a roll and will be able to work super-fast. So, the motivational level, your level of alertness will possibly determine how much work you ultimately get done.

I will tell you how long it takes to write 500 words – as a general rule, it should take 50 minutes. However, you can do better and once you focus and kick butt, you can probably get the job done in 30 minutes. Usually the time taken to write an essay or a page or two would depend on many objective and subjective factors. Okay, I know I am doing the “objective and subjective” thingy, but really if you think about it, everything you talk about has objective and subjective sides. So yeah, the objective factors would be the topic of the essay and difficulty level, resources available on the topic and the computer or internet you are using, other factors such as environmental noise and other distractions. The subjective factors would be related to your motivational level, your knowledge levels, how you react to your distractions, your typing speed, how fast you can learn and other factors related to your subjective strengths and weaknesses.

To give you a very blunt response on whether you can write 1000 words or 4 pages in one day, of course you can, the answer would finally boil down to your personal ability. The time taken to write an essay or a few pages would vary from one individual and another, and it would depend on a range of factors as I already indicated. The ability to write fast would also depend on factors other than your personal or intellectual ability. It could depend on whether you are on crack, coke (not the drink) or steroids – just kidding. But yeah, those are the physical factors, like your diet, bodily or physical abilities, your speed, your sleep patterns, physiology and general health – a lot of things actually and everything adds up to whether you are able to produce a terrific essay in minutes. Alertness could depend on your physiological ability and brain functioning could be affected by medications you are taking. So, there are many factors you should consider while writing that essay. If you feel that certain medications are making you drowsy, or your sleep patterns are not that optimum, don’t take those medicines and sleep properly, before you write that essay, so that nothing slows down your speed. Certain foods can slow you down, especially rice and potatoes. Coffee is good. Tea works too.

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Tips and Tricks

The main point of writing this blogpost is to tell you how fast you can go while writing a 1000 words, 3000 words or 10,000 words essay – can you write a 30 page essay in a day? There is no clear rule as I said – everything depends on how fast “you” can go, but of course you came on this site to learn the tricks of writing a fast essay and I will give you those tricks sure, and show you how to cheat your brains and before your brain knows it – you’ll be able to complete that essay.

So, how is it that you ditch the brain and do your thing? Again, just kidding. You don’t. You use your brain in a way that you wouldn’t normally use, so it’s like a game, you take the brain for a hitchhike and the brain rides along with you and goes where you take it and moves as fast as you make it move. It’s not like the brain is literally moving but the thinking is fast and slow as you want it to be, and the thinking would determine how fast (or slow) you write.

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The tricks are:

  1. read up fast. Yes, read up about the topic really fast.
  2. Create an outline real fast. Look up the citation style and use your speed to come up with a skeletal essay structure quickly. For a 1000-word essay, an outline or structure or the reading up should not take more than 15 minutes.
  3. Reading up – done, Outline – done, so now write the essay – write what you know. Just remember the topic you’re writing about and recollect what you read, and write as fast as you can – this should not take more than 30 minutes if you have enough speed.
  4. Edit the essay, check up on spelling, grammar, do the final reading and editing and check for relevance and missing points. This should not take more than 15 minutes for a 1000-word paper.
  5. Bingo – you’re done.

So, how long did it take to write your super-tough 1000-word essay? Yes, just one hour. How cool is that? The trick is to think you’re on this wild and really fast ride, and to imagine you’re on real steroids (don’t however take the steroids – you know that’s not quite cool, right?). But just imagine. Essay writing is like this really cool game of riding a super fast train or boat or rocket, and thinking too fast and pulling your brains along with you for the crazy, wild ride. It is important to change your mindset to get your work done. It is also important to remove the mental block to get your work done. Essay writing is not boring, essay writing is not tough. Essay writing is a game. Essay writing is a wild ride. It’s all about perspective, you agree? So, you are ready to play the game and go on a wild ride, right?

The real trick is to think fast and write fast. Yes, you must be very dynamic while doing your writing – read several sources at once, multitask and write fast. Timing yourself and testing your writing powers to see how fast you can write is a pretty good thing. You think size matters? I’m telling you, speed REALLY matters. In this case, the size of your essay will depend on the word count specified by your teacher – boring, right? To be within limitations and all that. These days professors have however discovered smarter ways to get students interested, and keep things open in terms of word count and topics. You will sometimes get various options on what you want to write, methodology or approach you take, and even the word count. However, in many cases, you are bound to follow certain rules, your options will be limited and you may not have a level of flexibility that would determine what you should write, how you should write and so on…

Constantly improving your speed is a good exercise and will require you to time your work as you go. How many words did you write on Sunday and in what period of time? Was this an improvement from the number of words you wrote last week? These are the questions you must ask yourself. A little disciplined writing exercise everyday will improve your speed. It’s a brain exercise, almost like your physical exercise, only a bit more intellectually satisfying.

If you are a student and reading this, you probably need to keep exercising with your brain and writing skills before you reach a point when you can really write fast. If you are a writing pro, you probably already have a few tricks up your sleeve, but if you need some more tricks, do the wild ride, speed-testing thing too. You shouldn’t be able to count your fingers or your blessings when you are writing too fast. So, depend only on yourself and that confidence will make you go fast.

Size? Speed matters. / Image Source: learn.org

Advanced strategies

The real challenge is however, to write a thesis in a day – yes, here’s where the thrill gets a bit crazier. Your professors will probably faint or never get back to class if you tell them that you wrote your 10000 word thesis in one day. It’s blasphemous, wild, taboo, totally forbidden territory, it’s criminal…….right? I mean, writing 10000 words in one day? Boast about it to your FB friends, and you’ll be the toast of your social network. Are you the lost genius of Atlantis? Are you Einstein’s reincarnation? Are you from another planet we never heard about?

But you know, it’s easy. Do the math. If 1000 words takes about an hour….your 10,000-word thesis should not take more than 10 hours, technically. But of course, a thesis is serious business and you should give it more attention and study, there’s methodology involved. So, let’s give it a day. If you are able to work 16 hours in a day, you should be able to complete your 10,000-word thesis in one day or within the 16 hours you work. If you are a pro, you can probably complete a thesis in less than a day, like in 12-15 hours. Again, it’s all about how much “you” can do. It’s all about your ability, your speed and your dynamism. Got stamina? Prove it!

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A 10,000 word essay or thesis takes a lot of reading frankly, so do your reading first. Collect your reading material at least a few days before you begin to write. A little preparation always helps. Resources will be easily available on the web or in the library. Just google for sources or use a database. Read up all the issues relevant to your topic and go back and read the relevant sources several times, before sitting in front of the computer to write. Once you know the issues thoroughly, create the outline of the thesis and writing becomes fast and easy. If you need to collect data for your thesis, you must do this before you start writing your thesis. So, even if you can write your thesis in a day, you must do some background work before you begin writing. That’s what even writing pros do at times, although pros try to pull off a daily feat in most cases.

Some writers can be really prolific, they can write thousands of words in a day, and some can even pull off a whole book in one day. That’s when you call them genius. But genius requires more than just speed. It does need a level of knowledge. If you know a lot about your topic, you’ll find it rather easy to write something on the topic. But if you are not familiar with the topic, you’ll probably take hours, just to read and understand what’s given to you. Very little knowledge actually becomes a challenge, so regular reading habit is a good thing. The more you read, the more you learn and the more you learn, the more you remember and with the knowledge gained, you can write faster.

This is true for any topic. This is why the writing pros can write so fast. These guys write 1000s of words in a day and they can do it because of their vast repository of knowledge. Writing papers makes you knowledgeable. So, whether you are writing your own papers or that of others, you are increasing your knowledge. When you know too much, it shouldn’t take too much time to write 1000 words or 2000 words, 10000 words on any topic, quickly and easily and – in one day.

Go forth

In this blog, I tried not to focus on stages or steps of writing, but the process. This is because when you have to write fast, you must focus on only one thing – writing fast. Yes, after you have the initial structure ready, you need not worry about anything else. Just keep writing as fast as you can until you have come up with a reasonable rough draft. Once, the rough draft is done, you have crossed a major hurdle, and fixing a draft and polishing things up a bit is just a breeze.

So, if you’re smart you must have already figured out what the stages of fast writing are. Read, Structure and Write. That’s it. Of course, go edit, edit and re-edit, read, re-read and polish up your work to come up with a brilliant essay. Good luck with turning yourself from a regular, nervous, essay-avoidant student, to a super cool essay-writing ninja. Remember what you’ve just read in this blogpost.

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