Join Leigh Ann Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Getting started with drafting, part of College Prep: Writing a Strong Essay.
- Once you have a clear idea of your topic…and some notion of what you want your reader…to take away from your essay,…you're ready to start drafting.…Every writer approaches the drafting stage differently.…Some writers just sit down and type straight through,…start to finish.…Other people, myself included,…write in fits and starts.…Sometimes I veer off on a tangent for a while…before eventually finding my way back to the topic.…I usually end up going back and deleting…at least some of what I've written.…
Some writers prefer to draft with paper and pencil…while others do so on the computer.…By this point, you probably know which works best for you.…For purposes of this movie,…when I say writing,…I mean both writing by hand and working on the computer.…Start by writing the prompt and word limit…at the top of the page.…If your essay doesn't give a word limit,…a good rule of thumb…is to try to keep the essay under 700 words.…For those of you who are submitting a common app essay,…or some other online application,…always write and edit in a Word document or Google Doc.…
AuthorLeigh Ann Chow
- Understanding the essay purpose and audience
- Reviewing common and unusual essay prompts
- Starting with a strong opening statement
- Showing, not telling
- Adhering to word limits
- Organizing the essay
- Varying sentence structure
- Revising the essay
- Communicating sincerity and enthusiasm
Skill Level Beginner
1. Exploring the College Application Essay
2. Examining the Types of Essay Prompts
3. Maximizing Your Chances of Success
4. Writing the Essay
5. Distinguishing Yourself in Your Essay
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