Great creative geniuses have gotten where they are through hours of honing their crafts and practicing their techniques.
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With some time and practice (and by using this game plan), you'll be on your way to practicing, evaluating and improving your writing.
Did you know that Ernest Hemingway wrote his first novel without ever having written anything before?
Outlining will also help you focus on structure as you practice writing essays on your own.
No one enjoys sitting down and working on timed essays, except maybe this person.
For example, if you'll be required to write a persuasive essay, think about the fundamental building blocks that would go into that essay's structure.
You may have learned the basic 5-paragraph essay structure in classes you've taken.
It's not a requirement that you always use this structure, and some writers find it less useful than others.
But, if you're just starting to work on mastering the craft of essay writing, you could practice the five-paragraph structure, which consists of an with a thesis statement, three body paragraphs and a concluding paragraph.