I've had to write numerous literary essays in the past 3 weeks (4 to be exact). When writing, I seem to have trouble making the essay lengthy, as I get to the point too quickly. How do I extend my...

I've had to write numerous literary essays in the past 3 weeks (4 to be exact). When writing, I seem to have trouble making the essay lengthy, as I get to the point too quickly. How do I extend my essay length?

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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This is a common problem with many students. Here are a few points that might help you. 

You should not try to make something longer for the sake of making it longer. This will make your writing worse. Instead what you should do is make sure that all the essential elements of good writing are present. Short essays usually are lacking essential points. So, what are essential points?

First, are you sufficiently backing up your points? To have a successful essay you need to make sure that you prove your points well. Make sure that you have good quotes and explain them to your readers, discussing why these quotes are important. This will take time and effort. Also when you set up quotes within an argument, this, too, takes additional writing. 

Second, do you assume that the reader knows what you are saying? Often students fail to realize that they need to explain things to readers. Students should assume that the reader is ignorant but intelligent. This means that you need to fill in many details; don't just assume.  

If you follow these two points, your essays should be robust. 

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