So it’s August.
And that means you should be writing essays.
No. Really. You should be.
Of course, once September rolls around — particularly, like, September 20th or so — you will realize that EssaySnark was right about this one. Since that’s when you’ll really start writing your essays.
But for now, take our word for it – you should be writing your essays.
What’s the very next thing that we often hear from our clients when we say that?
“But I don’t know what to write about!”
(Or they whine it in a very loud voice on the inside of their heads, thinking we can’t hear them.)
Some of them even claim to have “writer’s block.” Which is ridiculous. Because next to none of our clients are truly “writers.” They’re not the next Hemingway. They’re not out there wrestling with words on a day to day basis. So we are unwilling to grant them the prestige of such a label.
Plus, we don’t think it exists. At least, not in this domain.
Writer’s block is when you don’t know what to write about — when the creative machine is frozen up. It’s when the muse goes into hiding and the magic is gone. No inspiration. Blank screen. Nada.
While bschool essay writing is in fact a creative act, it’s unlikely that anyone writing their essays will truly suffer from writer’s block*, since they’re supposed to be writing about themselves. And that’s, like, the subject that you, Brave Supplicant, are the most expert in.
If you’re sitting at your computer and
manically checking your Facebook page staring into space when you’re supposed to be writing, and you just feel like you don’t know what to say… well, that about sums up the problem now, don’t it?
Recognize that if you’re having trouble writing, that probably you haven’t thought about it long enough. And/or you haven’t planned it out completely enough. Remember that your first draft is not meant to be the final version! There will be many steps and drafts and hair-pulling-out along the way.
The goal of your first draft is to simply get through it. If you don’t know how to even fill up a single page with sentences about the topic of the essay, then you simply haven’t sufficiently worked out your ideas in idea form.
This is, again, one of the
huge massive amazing wonderful practical benefits of having a (good) admissions consultant along for the ride. Because they’re the ones who’re actually helping you navigate the whole ordeal process. (If they’re good) they’re giving you guidance about this very thing. Helping you figure out what to write. And they help you do this BEFORE you start to write.
Pretty amazing stuff, actually.
* The big exception here is that dreaded Stanford Essay 1 – “What matters most to you and why?” – which has caught many a Brave Supplicant deer in its headlights over the years.