Well today, after a long period of build up, I got started on the meat of my writing for my first essay.
This also marks the first time that I can remember when I have scrapped a whole section of an essay for being confusing and making no sense and have instead built up a whole new argument from scratch. This new argument is already looking considerably more compelling and fleshed out, though that could just be my imagination.
Honestly, the sections that I scrapped only amounted to 250 words or so overall, so it was no big loss. It is less about the amount of words and more about the amount of time I wasted on a pointless argument, really. I think I just ended up getting confused and turned around and that led to a series of annoying mistakes. Still, I actually feel pretty good about this essay now, even if I doubt it is going to be top-class. Also I am debating staying up all night finishing this off now, just to get it out of the way. That would leave me with 4 more whole days to work on my second essay.
I guess it doesn’t really matter either way. I believe I can get an essay researched and written up within 3 days, if I focus hard on it. 1 or 2 days of reading up and planning and 1 long day of writing and I would be done. So maybe it would be fine to finish off this essay tomorrow. My only other worry is that I will forget this feeling of confidence by the time I wake up and I will write a worse argument tomorrow. But my plan is fairly airtight in that regard.
At the end of the day, this is an unsolvable problem. I might slowly write up some more until 3 AM, then go to bed like I normally do. That way I can finish off anything left over tomorrow and then spend the following 3 days working hard on my second essay. I currently only have 700 words left in my current essay, with 500 words probably going into my second argument and 200 left over to write a conclusion, so it really isn’t that bad. Maybe I can finish this essay tomorrow and then get started on planning my next essay in the evening. That would give me extra time.
I am flip flopping now though. I have been writing all day so I am a bit worded out at this stage. Just saying whatever I can without having to think about it is so refreshing. Time to finish up for the night though.
Elliott Rogers, novice blog writer extraordinaire.