Start with a mess!
The feedback I received on my first essay of the semester was:
‘Each new paragraph starts abruptly.’
To improve on this aspect of my essay writing, I met my Trinity professor.
She said, “Make it messy.”
– Start with a draft that is all over the place.
– Throw in quotes, references and ideas randomly.
– Think, think out aloud, and type it out.
– And when you have done it all, make an outline and fit in the essentials.
If you start with a mess,
– you will be more critical of your own work
– you will be willing to move things around until they are in the right place.
If you start with an essay-like flow that looks ‘beautiful’, you won’t want to move things around… because there are no things left to move around!
And this has nothing to do with language or writing skills.
It’s all about craftsmanship.
It’s all about how the writing is perceived.
P.S. ‘Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.’ — Michelangelo