Writing an essay is certainly not an easy task when you haven’t had much practice. Even later on, writing your essay can turn into work you’d rather not want to do. It certainly involves a lot of work. However, some structure will help your academic essay come along.
You may think you don’t need an outline. Some people just prefer to go with the flow and write as they do. These are usually the more creative people. They have to write as they know they’ll come up with more ideas while writing. An academic essay doesn’t involve as much creativity, though. You’re supposed to take a deeper dive into the subject matter. This involves a lot of research, and in the end, you have to find arguments for or against your topic thesis. Of course, this will create a lot of chaos if you’re not taking advantage of an outline. Proofreading services may have a hard time checking your paper in such a case as well. Let’s have a look at the benefits of creating an outline.
1. No More Writer’s Block
The problem many faces when sitting down to write an essay is plain and simple writer’s block. You may have done all the research and feel like an expert, yet you can’t figure out how to start. Usually, people with writer’s block become quite frustrated, get a headache, and ultimately decide to leave their desks. They try on the following day again but find themselves in the same dreadful situation.
Let’s face it: you basically already know what you’re going to write. You just need that plain white paper to disappear. You’ll solve that one easily with an outline. The outline puts some black onto the white, and you won’t have to surprise proofreading services with empty pages.
2. Better Focus
Your essay is about a particular topic in which you’re creating a thesis. In the beginning, you’ll have a rough idea of where it’s going. You can use your initial statement as a broad outline and add subsections as you go along. Once your outline is complete, you’ll have no issues sticking to your topic. Without an outline, you’re more prone to drift off-topic. It’s hard to recognize those sections later on across dozens of pages. With a roadmap at hand, you know where you’re going and which stops you’re taking along the way. As you’re sketching up your outline, you come up with more precise ideas to add to each section. Furthermore, you stay focused when you’re writing and can hand your essay to proofreading services earlier. With such an effective workflow, it’s easy to stay on top of your schedule. You are getting things done.
3. Smoother Flow
As we just mentioned, ‘flow’ – your workflow isn’t the only flow you need for writing an essay. You also need a good transitional word flow. As you write one paragraph after another and get to the next section, you can find a better transition to the next part. Without already knowing what you’re going to write about in the next part, the word flow can appear choppy. Not even proofreading services will have to wonder how you jumped from one part to the other.
4. Perfect Order
With an outline, you can see with just one glimpse whether your essay is well structured or not. In the beginning, the order of each point you’re planning to write about doesn’t matter as much. Start with creating some headlines and put them into an order that seems sensible for you. Switch those around to provide your essay with a better balance. It’s been proven that it’s best to first mention the most poignant arguments. Slowly move to the less important ones. Moreover, better move around your different headlines before you’ve got a lot of text. It’ll mess up your flow and also turn into a chaotic puzzle piece to create a different order later on. Keep in mind that proofreading services won’t comment on whether your essay is well structured.
5. You Remain Organised
With your outline, you can check if you’re covering all you want to say in your essay. Are there any gaping holes? Did you truly outline all there is about your topic, or did you miss something? After you’re done writing your essay and have already given it to proofreading services, it is difficult to find possible holes. Better start your essay with all topics and subtopics. You can still add subtopics before you start to write. It’ll save you from needless repetition and including content that’s not relevant.
6. You Stay Motivated
Sometimes, writing an essay can be demotivating. There are still so many pages to write. Indeed, you’d rather go to the park and meet your friends. Even if your essay is about a topic that really interests you, motivation can vanish over time. Once it does, you don’t want to get back to the desk – until the very last day. Even though proofreading services are quick and can turn around your essay within a few hours, you may not want to wait until the very last minute.
With your outline, you can set up milestones for yourself and create deadlines when you have to be done with which part. Take one topic as a milestone or three subtopics as another milestone. As soon you’re done with each of your personal milestones, you get a sense of accomplishment. Reward yourself with each little achievement and, of course, once you’re done – when you hand it in and get it back from proofreading services.
Outlines are like the bricks you’re gathering to lay a wall. Each topic is another brick onto the last one until you’ve reached the final height of your wall. In other terms, they do indeed serve as a roadmap. You know where you start, you know at which time you have to be at the next stop, and you are aware of the final line.