How do you write a paper in one day? You don’t.
Well, you could…but it probably won’t be an award-winning one.
Let’s pretend I had to write a paper in one day though. If you’ve lived through a late night writing session, more power to you.
Here’s what I’d tell myself.
Make decisions and stick to them.
You don’t have ten days to change your mind twenty times. Maybe you would if you started earlier. (Don’t mind my passive aggressiveness. It’s just how I talk to myself.)
Whatever that means. Say what you need to say. Do what you need to do. Okay?
Why make more work for yourself when you don’t have to? If your paper has to be formatted the exact same way as a paper you’ve already written, you really don’t have to start from scratch. Copy and paste your own name, course code, blah blah blah into a new document. Any time you can save is time you can use.
Stop trying to perfect everything.
Move on. Let go. You can try to be perfect in the next lifetime.
Consistency, consistency, consistency.
You’d be surprised at the difference consistency makes.
Redundancy wastes your time and your reader’s time.
You don’t want that, do you? Cut out the unnecessary. Or if you’re good, don’t write what’s unnecessary in the first place.
Should I be writing an essay instead of writing a blog post about paper writing? No.
I have more than one day, so I can procrastinate.