describe a difficult writing task in school and what you did to complete the task
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When I was in school, I had to write a huge financial brief for a company (that I won't name for all of our sakes). It wasn't a great company in my opinion, and one that I felt didn't have an ethical business to begin with. The goal was to objectively look at its financial health, and talk about investment opportunities.
The most important thing I did was change how I was looking at the overall ask. It wasn't to say, "Would I do this?" it was to say, "Will this make someone with money to invest more money."
Shifting my perspective helped me assess the *financial health* of the company and assess the ramifications of investing. True to being my "authentic self", though, I put in a section that ethically and morally, consumers may start to be against what the company's business was, and there could be fall out.
In the end, I got a decent grade on it, and the professor liked that I threw in potential risks in the marketplace. It ended up never "tanking" as a company, which is fine, because I was able to stick to the facts and raise a concern others may have had. Being able to stay *objective and unbiased* is critical when you are working on new products, functionality, and designs. I truly think this assignment helped me out longterm in my career.
I have certainly have had many instances where I had a difficult writing task. And I share that my response to your question is more of "an adult" response, though I will try my best to think back to my younger age :)
I can recall having to write essays. My English teacher, though I totally appreciate her now, was a pretty tough grader. Even when she gave As, she did a lot of markup (red pen) on my papers :). But, I found that my best option was to start early. Add to that, get comfortable with creating a writing outline.
For example, for many high schoolers or college students, you get some sort of syllabus? that tells you what the assignments will be in the class. When you get clarity on what the writing assignment is and when it is due, try to use those early days to jot down your ideas. I have found that jotting down your ideas, especially early ideas, can make for richer output when it is time to put your writing task together.
To me, the hard part is getting the first couple of sentences/paragraphs on the paper (or typed ;)). After that, spend a little time editing, updating, adding. I have also found that in the early stages, it can be better to have too much and then spend time taking out what you don't need. In my opinion, trying to find things to add a few days before the writing task is due can lead to unnecessary stress.
I suspect that once you continue this practice of starting as early as you can, updating your writing task and...reading it aloud to yourself, you will find that these practices will make it a bit easer to get through difficult writing tasks.
Hope you find this response helpful and happy writing!
This sounds easier than it actually is, but it one approach that might help.
To approach this paper in the best way possible, I started as soon as I got the instructions. This way I had time to ask questions along the way and write a small amount of the paper each day until I was finished. I cannot imagine what it would have been like to write all 100+ pages in just one week. Additionally, starting early allowed me to have a lot of time to revise and format my work. I scored pretty well on that paper and I believe it was mostly due to the time management of it all and asking questions of my professor.
Reworks, revisions, and/or shifting the focus are what make the difference between a "first draft" and a good product. I have had several difficult assignments over the years, whether it was due to research requirements, my interest (or lack of) in a particular assignment, or all the other things that can interrupt the creative flow. Find the time to write that works best for you, and then give yourself enough of it.
Today, you have good spelling and grammar checkers which do a pretty decent job guiding you to better writing. Microsoft Word has one built-in and you can also use a free grammar checker which you can find by Googling "free grammar checkers".
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