Monday, July 28, 2014

500 Miles to Walk

Let’s imagine you are a good writer (don’t get offended at the word “imagine”). You’ve got some trusted customers, you got used to working at custom writing services and on your own. Besides, you developed something like a personal writing style. Well, good news – you did reach a certain success. Bad news – you are very close to reaching a limit. Every writer has to face this problem sooner or later. You reach the limit, where everything satisfies you. And the biggest danger about this – you can forget about self-development. Why look for a good thing when you have one?

Once More, with Feeling

Don’t let yourself get into this trap. Every time you feel absolutely content, change something. Take harder orders. Switch the paper topics, make a research in a field, completely unknown to you. Find a new custom writing service. Look for a strict customer. Give yourself a shake-up. Writer should never get stuck in the same place!

Read More and Mind the Words

Try to read at least two books in a week. It does not even matter what you read – fiction, non-fiction, professional literature, or scientific works. You need to do it in order to expand your vocabulary. When a writer only uses same words in every order, it means his literary death. So remember more words and idioms, and use them!

Take a Break

Holidays and vacations are extremely important to everyone! Even to freelancers, although they often forget about it. When you feel that you are writing yourself out – take a break for several days. Make a trip somewhere – at least, to the town next to yours. Gain new experience, inspire and entertain yourself. You will come back to your writing place with new ideas and with the strength to accomplish them.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Ready Freddy

So, you made up your mind. You got sulfur in your veins, devil watching through your eyes and, well, you are all set to work as an academic writer. But back off for a moment and think: what kind of order should you start with? Should it be a middle-sized essay? Or, perhaps, a set of short essays? Or should you work on a thesis paper? Well, it’s surely up to you, but perhaps my piece of advice will make the choice less difficult.

Easy Come, Easy Go

 Start with a small, easy order – and make sure that you have enough time to cope with it nicely. Perhaps you shouldn’t even start writing from scratch, but take an editing or rewriting order at first. Get acquainted with the structure, common styles and formatting. Certainly, you cannot get a lot of money for a small and easy order – but at least you might be absolutely sure that you will not fail and that you will get clean reputation.

Move On

Now, as you gained some necessary experience, you might take more complex orders – bigger essays, research papers and presentations. Anyways, try to write assignments on topics you are aware of. Do not write chemistry labs, for example, if you have major in economics. Try to be attentive to the details and the opinion of your clients.

Time for a Challenge

After you’ve been around quite for a while and got yourself a good reputation among clients, you might go on and challenge yourself for a little bit. Try to write a thesis paper or an analysis on an unfamiliar topic. But bear in mind – you don’t want to spoil everything you managed to achieve! Be careful, plan everything correctly. The risk should be justified. Do not take the order that is impossible for you to write. An academic writer should push his limits, but it doesn’t mean he has no limits at all.
Take your time, develop your skills and one day you’ll become a professional who is able to write any paper on any topic. I could write “a professional like me”, but, unfortunately, I do have limits when it comes to physics. Well… it leaves more available orders for you.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Meeting Deadlines: 3 Lessons of Effective Lying

Have you ever tried to trick yourself for one or another reason? Sometimes self-delusion can be of service. For example, when I was a student and had to wake up at 5:30 a.m. daily, I used to set my alarm 15 minutes forward because of my habit to rest in bed for another 10 minutes after the alarm goes off. Before I thought of this trick with time I often was late for my classes, but it never happened to me after I embodied the idea with the time shift.

So, if you have troubles delivering your orders on time, you might require a little bit of self-deception as well. I would advise you several tips.

Tip #1. Make an agreement (works with customers only):

Be honest. Tell your customer that it would be easier for you if he always set the deadline a couple of hours (or days) earlier than it should have been set. This way you can deliver every single order on time. The trick is that the client shouldn’t tell you what the true deadline is – self-deception should look utterly real, otherwise it won’t work at all.
Side effects: Customers might get nervous at the reference of such agreement. I mean, it does sound weird and complicated, so, perhaps, you should try this tip only with the clients, who have worked with you for a while and know your strong points.

Tip #2. Switch on Child Control mode

Let’s imagine that you have no trustworthy clients, or that you simply work at a custom writing service. Well, in this case you should limit yourself. Failing to meet the deadline is a childish doing – that’s why it would be reasonable for you to use… Child Control on yourself! Shut down the Internet in advance (for several hours). This way you will have to finish the work earlier in order not to miss the deadline.
Side effects: You may get soft on yourself and give yourself additional time after all. If you think that it is possible, ask your relatives/cohabitants to shut down the Internet for you.

Tip #3. Take hot orders only

If all this time management stuff is too hard for you to cope with, start taking “hot” orders. You won’t have any chance to put away the writing process, because, well, you will be doing your job at the last moment anyways. The only way to complete such order is to work on it right away. Bear in mind, though, - your capabilities are not limitless. Do not take large orders or the ones, which require a remarkable research.

Side effects: Firstly, “hot” orders aren’t always available. Secondly, you might overestimate yourself and miss the deadline, so be careful.