You do your best work when you take pleasure in a job. You write best when you know something about the topic and know what you want to stress. So, when you can, write about a topic you've lived with and have considered over time. When you have to write about a topic that seems boring or difficult, get to know it for a while, until it makes sense to you. Start with what is clear to you and you will write well.
Don't quit too soon. Sometimes a few more changes, a little extra attention to fine points, a new paragraph written on a separate piece of paper will transform an acceptable essay into an essay that really pleases you. Through the time you spend writing and rewriting, you will discover what is most important to say.
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Publication information: Book title: Shortcuts for the Student Writer. Contributors: Jay Silverman - Author, Elaine Hughes - Author, Diana Roberts Wienbroer - Author. Publisher: McGraw-Hill. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 2005. Page number: 181.
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