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Old 02-12-2005, 01:59 PM   #1
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IO: I'm a horrible writer!

I hate hate hate hate with a passion writing papers for college but there is no way to get out of it since I am a psychology major. Any tips on how to concentrate on writing papers and not get completely pissed off doing it?
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Disconnect the internet, so you don't get distracted.

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Old 02-12-2005, 02:30 PM   #3
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Plan well in advance.

Get the books on your reading list and take down important notes/ quotes etc, have a lot of info at hand. Sift through the info and narrow done what you want to talk about

Make a plan of your essay and try to structure your argument, you'll probaly find it changes a few times.

I always find going to the library helps me concentrate, I can't concentrate anywhere else, too many distractions at home.
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Old 02-12-2005, 08:33 PM   #4
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I am ADD so I always get distracted. Set little goals and give yourself rewards for them: "I am going to write x pages, and then I will have a snack/call a friend/etc."

Failing that, buying an ADD person's extra ritalin helps, too.
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hehe....Sometimes I can write really well and other times...I just can't concentrate. I'm so glad I'm not a journalism major.
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I'm so glad I'm not a journalism major.
Me too Especially when...

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I'm an English major. I read a novel (yes. NOVEL) a week and write, on average, 5 papers a week.

I feel your pain.
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Old 02-13-2005, 12:41 AM   #8
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I'm an English major. I read a novel (yes. NOVEL) a week and write, on average, 5 papers a week.

I feel your pain.
English major here as well. Last year I was taking "The Novel" alongside "American Lit One." Two novels a week, or at least 8 or 9 short stories and a novel every week.

So, some of my fun pairings were

Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby with Defoe's Robinson Crusoe
Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom with Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway
A lot of stories by Flannery O'Connor with Nabokov's Pale Fire
Kerouac's On the Road with Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude

I did enjoy all of these books, though. (Still think we should have read Joyce's Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man in The Novel).

There was much other chaotic reading funness, plus all of my other classes. This semester I have three lit classes and a history class (where we're not using a textbook, but primary sources and novels instead... may as well be a lit course).

The thing is with English papers, they tend to just come together for me. I haven't gotten less than an A on one since Freshman year. Papers for other classes (like Psych, or Communications, or HIstory) take a lot more preparation. But I did a Psychoanalytic paper on "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" in about 2 hours (with a few hours of research the night before), and got a 96. Had I tried that in any other class, it wouldn't have been more than a B.

I pity anyone who's writing papers that are not lit papers. Lit papers, though you do of course have to support your claims, are still more subjective and you have a bit more freedom. You have my pity.
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