In my free guide, How to Write a College Application Essay That Gets You In, I outline a basic 6-step process to writing your college application essay that goes like this:
1) Brainstorm and choose a topic
2) Write the first draft and put aside for a few days (or at least a few hours)
3) Revise; write the second draft
4) Review and revise draft two; make edits. This is your final draft.
Or not. I encourage you to write as many drafts as you need to get to diamond-like clarity. Brilliance is encouraged. ; )
5) Proofread and polish
6) Let it go
However, every writer is different, so you may not follow this process to the letter, and that’s OK. There is a metric ton of writing advice out there with its very own 4-step or 5-step or 10-step process, so you can surely find what works best for you if this isn’t it.
That said, at a very minimum you want to write a draft, set it aside, come back to it after a few days/hours, then revise and improve upon it until you are satisfied, and last but not least, make sure to proofread, proofread, proofread!
And remember, there is no one else like you on Earth, which means there is no one else who can tell the story you can tell! : )
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