There are so many essay that take up your fun time at college that you could have spent partying, getting to know people, dating or just enjoying your youth. Why do essays have to be so boring and awful? Here is an idea, why not make the process of writing essays fun and enjoyable? There are some tricks on how to enjoy this process more than you ever have before, and we will teach you how. Make sure to have the most awful topic as your homework, some free time, and then start! Here is some further reading on the topic.
If you already know that your essay is going to be something completely dull like “Economics in the Third World Countries” or “Microbiology in the Flora of an Ant Colony”, do not despair. It just means that you have to go into battle prepared.
Go to the nearest store and indulge yourself! Buy at least three different kinds of snacks (do not over-indulge, as it may result in eating disorders). Some candy that you used to eat as a kid, or a packet of crisps, anything that you would really like to munch on. If you have the snacks ready, it will motivate you to write your essay. You can eat one kind before writing, one during, and one afterwards as a reward. You can leave all three of them for later, especially if you do not trust yourself. However, never eat them all before, because then you will not make yourself write a single word.
Find the most comfortable space in your room. Surround yourself with blankets, pillows. Put on some Christmas socks or a sweater if you have some. The goal behind this is to make you not want to leave your writing space.
If you are a person who enjoys having a hot drink while working, prepare a cup of coffee or tea, so that you can always have a mini-coffee break during your writing. It is important not to forget your tea in the kitchen and leave it cooling there, as it often happens.
Get some fancy stationery! Even if you write on the computer, there is nothing like stationery that can boost your creativity. You can write the plan of your essay or some references in different colored pens in different notebooks. You can also customize your word document so it looks all fancy, choose a different color background or a strange font for example. Then, you will have to change it back to normal, but it will still look fun and enjoyable.
Now that your writing nest is ready, it is time to start. How can the actual process of writing be fun? Well, here are a few tips and tricks for you.
To get yourself going, you can make a strange pact with yourself. For example to use the word “bum” at least five times per essay in the most creative and innocent way possible. You can also make yourself write some funny puns at the end of each sentence (since you are going to erase them later).
It will be much more enjoyable to address your essay to a group of aliens in outer space. Imagine you are writing about economics and business strategies to them! Be sure to erase anything that will not please your professor when you are proofreading the document.
The silliest your challenges are, the better. If you agree with yourself to make a funny noise after each written paragraph, for example quacking like a duck, or barking or neighing, you will see how much more motivated you will be to write. Also, if you have a roommate or a sibling, they will want you to make the funny noise again and will certainly motivate you to write too.
Imagine that each paragraph is something that you have to defeat, like in a video game. It is a step towards the next battle, and the conclusion paragraph is your main boss. A sense of challenge will instill within you, and you will want to finish the “game” at any cost. You can also imagine that you have slayed a monster, achieved a milestone or a scaling a giant mountain, and are reaching the top with each new word. Do not give up unless you want to fail your noble and dangerous quest!
Now that you have written an amazing paper, it is not the time to get discouraged and return to the boring college life. There are still ways that you can make it enjoyable, and thus make it easier to write another essay when the time comes.
Who does not like scout badges? If you are good at crafting, you can make them, otherwise just draw your merit badges on round pieces of paper. It can be anything from “Wrote a Whole Essay” to “Did Not Get Distracted” to “Amazing Cohesion”, whatever you like. Just remember, award them only if you truly deserve them. Scouts honor!
You have prepared a whole lot of snacks, now you can indulge in them and think about how amazing it is to finally finish your essay. That is why, each time you finish an assignment, you will feel like you deserve a treat, and it will make you feel better about being productive and going all the way to the finish line.
Tell your supportive friends or your mom just how amazing you are, and how well you have done this assignment. You will surely hear some praise and supportive words, and this will make you feel like you really accomplished a lot, and motivate you to do other homework assignments too! Good luck!