How to Add 300 Words to Your Essay in 15 Minutes

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How to Add 300 Words to Your Essay in 15 Minutes

Here’s the problem: you’ve typed a page or so, which amounts to about 250 words or thereabouts. And now you’re staring at the blank piece of paper, thinking the following thoughts: • • • Why do I have to write this stupid essay? ! I’m not even a Writing major – why do I have to do this? Why can’t the word requirement be one page? What, there’s not enough out there in the world for my professor to read? • When am I ever going to finish this?

Hey, if you have any thoughts other than those, please feel free to share with me and email me at tutorphil@tutorphil.com. I collect these (just kidding).

How do I know? Well, I’ve been there, and that’s how I know. And, luckily for myself and
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Why is this easier now? Because now your essay has become so specific that you have a little story going, with a funny character about whom it’s fun to write. Suggestions? Here you go:

You could describe in detail:

• How even before he undertook to slice the turkey, uncle Fred boasted how good he was with knives, and how he sharpens them himself. • How his wife, your aunt, was trying to prevent him from trying to slice the turkey because she knew something bad would happen. • How he yelled at her for being unfair, and everyone laughed. • How he made a mistake and cut his finger. • How he screamed and scared the little children around the table and they started to cry. • How he tried to pretend that it was nothing, and that was the funniest part. • And finally, how after having a good laugh at uncle Fred’s expense, all other tensions between the members of the family were gone, and the rest of the evening was a complete success.

And now please notice several things. First, one sentence of about ten words turned into a whole story.

Second, by Zooming In like this on a small incident, instead of killing ourselves and trying to come up with more general stuff, we focused all of

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