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It’s repetitive, it’s wordy, it contains an unnecessary quotation, and reading it is not unlike wading through mud.
Look how much that idea can be condensed when I take out the fluff: Much better. Check out Stephanie Orges’ 47 words and phrases that slow your reader down for some great examples of fluffy constructions to avoid.
If you’re staring down a deadline, even an hour or two away from your writing will help you revisit it with a fresh perspective and — hopefully — some new ideas.
Armed with the pre-writing and revising strategies outlined in this post, you now know how to make an essay longer and stronger without resorting to fluff, filler, or formatting ‘solutions’ that only waste your time and frustrate your reader.
Ask a trusted friend or a Kibin editor to look over your paper and make suggestions about where to add more details or support.(Pro tip: For this reason, a lot of writers specifically request that I ask questions while I edit their papers. Unless stated otherwise in an assignment, though, an essay can have 4 or 7 or 20 paragraphs!
If you have a solid structure (a good outline helps), then don’t hem yourself in with arbitrary notions of what constitutes an essay.4. Depending on the type of essay you’re writing, “support” may include quotations and paraphrased information from research or anecdotes and examples from your own experience.
If you’re new to writing essays longer than a few pages, check out Shawn Doyle’s post The Five-Paragraph Fix — How to Write Longer Essays for advice on tackling longer essays and why writing ten pages can eventually become easier than writing just 2.
Also, read these tips for writing longer papers from Hamilton College.
This is a good time to consider broadening the scope of your essay by……discussing a wider range of perspectives,…examining a larger population,…looking at a larger geographic area,…considering a broader time span,…etc.
And of course all of this planning works best when you start your essay well in advance of the deadline, so don’t procrastinate.