Petra Mayer. To listen to this episode, play the audio at the top of the page or find it here. It's kind of a truism that everyone has a book in them, right? We all have some kind of story to tell. But it's equally true that a lot of us have those crummy little inner voices telling us it's never gonna happen.
The short answer to this question is because you have to. You have to write essays so that they can be assessed so that you can get enough credits or a good enough mark to progress to the next part of your course. However, thinking about writing like this means you only see it as a terrible chore. Instead, try thinking about writing as an integral and fundamental part of learning and studying. Think about other sorts of writing you do in your everyday life — like shopping lists or reminder notes you stick on the fridge. Writing and writing essays is an integral and fundamental part of learning and studying in other ways. Writing is a way of learning.
But while the literary devices and colourful tales we associate with creative writing are indeed out of place in an essay, these two very different kinds of writing actually have a few similarities. So, are there any writing techniques you can borrow from creative writing to help make your essays more interesting and original? With creative writing, as with any kind of writing, your reader is your most important consideration. What all these points boil down to is the importance of keeping your reader interested in what you have to say. The three-act structure is a writing device used extensively in modern writing, including for film and television dramas.
Feel passionately about something and want to share it? Write an essay! Disagree with a popular opinion and wish to convince others to join you? Need to write something because the college you dream of attending is making you?