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    Paper writing 101

    Kyle Niemi

    Issue date: 4/17/09 Section: Worst Case Scenario
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    The end of the school year is right around the corner, and that usually means a lot of work. Even I, with my measly 12 credit hours, have started feeling the crunch this week. One of the most demanding chores that faces us this time of year is writing papers.

    It can often be hard to sit down and write, especially with the abundance of distractions that can be found wherever one looks. If you have trouble keeping focused, this is the column for you, as I have some great tips to keep you on task so you can get papers churned out in no time.

    First, you should sit back and relax. Take a deep breath. Look out the window for a second. Take just a minute and go outside to enjoy the relatively warm weather. It's not often we, as students in the frigid city of Cleveland, get a chance to just go outside and enjoy ourselves for a little while.

    In fact, as long as you're outside, you might as well take a walk. As I'm sure you were told at least a thousand times during freshman orientation, there's a lot of stuff to do in the University Circle area. There are tons of museums, restaurants, and entertainment options all within a short walk of each other that you should check out sometime before you graduate.

    But right now, you need to write that paper. Just quickly take a look at your calendar and see if you have any free time in which you can fit a visit to one of these local attractions. At the very least, you should make it a point to try one of the restaurants. In fact, you should find a friend to go with you. Check Facebook real quick to see if there's anyone you think would be interested. Type a short note about it on their wall. Good. Now you can focus on your work.

    The best way to begin a paper is to just start writing. Jot down anything you can think of, and the rest should flow from there. I'm sure this is how the people who write all those best-selling books do it. They probably form a general idea and just start writing, going back later to edit.

    Speaking of which, you should read some of those classic books that people always seem to be talking about, like The Picture of Dorian Gray and Crime and Punishment. It makes you sound smart when you reference books like these in normal conversation. And the books must be pretty good if they're classics.

    But anyway, you have your own classic to start writing, so at least get that first paragraph down on the page. If you need to, you can skip the introduction and add it in later. Wait a second; have you paid your credit card bill this month? You better check to make sure. A bad credit score follows you for a long time, you know.

    Now where were we? Something about finding a restaurant… Well, you better get on that. I'm going to look at apartments on Craig's List.
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