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Have you ever written a disorganized piece? We certainly have, and we’ve seen a lot more uploaded to Prompt. What’s the secret to writing masterpieces that flow like waterfalls in a sensible order? Outlines. This week, you’re going to outline your Common App essay!
Before you begin, make sure you read about writing a thesis statement (we talked about them four newsletters ago) and keep our grammar hacks in mind. If you want to see our entire newsletter archive, click here!
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It’s usually dead obvious when an author hasn’t used an outline. Many people falsely assume they can keep their main ideas in line without writing them down, but consider this: can you keep track of twenty things at once? Of course not. When you can’t keep track of your ideas, your writing quickly becomes terrible.
Essays written without an outline have points that seem out-of-place or forgotten, and forgotten points lead only to forgotten essays and rejection letters. Luckily, the solution is simple! The Prompt outlining method will help you develop your essay’s main idea, supporting points, evidence, and introspection in an order that makes perfect sense.
After you read about our outlining method, feel free to get started on your outline! Remember that your outline’s theme should be something unique, interesting, and captivating that simultaneously addresses your chosen essay prompt. The vast majority of the essays we see lack at least one of these key aspects.
We’ll cover how to write the rest of your essay in the coming weeks, but if you want a head start, check out our FREE EBOOK on how to write an amazing college application. The sooner you begin, the sooner the stress of the application season will end (and the bigger the advantage you’ll have against your applicant peers).
Once you’ve “inlined” your outline, upload your essay so Prompt can help you more! For just $25 for 48-hour feedback or $37 for 6-hour feedback on your common application essay, we’ll help you ensure your piece is perfectly organized. Don’t worry if your outline doesn’t turn out well: our editors will help you construct a new one if necessary!
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Lots of your fellow applicants are starting to write their college essays, and there is still some time to make sure yours stands out. If you want to get into your dream school, it’s time to start writing!
The Prompt Team