Need help/tips for making an essay longer

Discussion in 'General Off-Topic Chat' started by RemixDeluxe, Dec 8, 2011.

  1. RemixDeluxe

    RemixDeluxe GBAtemp Psycho!

    Nov 23, 2010
    United States
    How can I make my essay longer. Its based on a very boring topic and I heard of a period trick making periods 14 font instead of the normal 12. It has to be 5 pages long what do you guys suggest?
  2. jan777

    jan777 motion control..? srsly? so 2008. 3DS is teh bombz

    Jan 4, 2008
    just do your essay first and then do the period trick. you should at least reach 3 pages or something, unless you dont know shit about the topic,

    then you will know how much bullshit you have to make up to extend that essay.
  3. Veho

    Veho The man who cried "Ni".

    Former Staff
    Apr 4, 2006
    Fill up some space with related historical anecdotes.
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  4. Skelletonike

    Skelletonike ♂ ♥ Gallant Pervert ♥ ♀

    Dec 26, 2008
    Steam City
    Usually I play with words, if written properly, something that could easily be said in like 5 words, can be said in over 20, so try to extend your phrases a bit, add more words to it. xP
    Also, language teachers tend to like when someone extends their phrases with more words while keeping the main point there (although sometimes it can be quite the opposite and they prefer if you use short phrases to explain long stuff) =S
  5. Gahars

    Gahars Bakayaro Banzai

    Aug 5, 2011
    United States
    New Jersey
    I've found that the best filler is information connected to the topic at hand. Teachers never seem to notice!
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  6. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip Reporter
    Nov 21, 2005
    United Kingdom
    Try restructuring your essay as a a report instead (although tone it down from full on formal report)- introduction, say what you are going to say, say what you set out to say, summarise what you just said and present any conclusions in shorter form. Bonus points- most teachers/examiners/similar will tend not to read the whole thing and a stunning introduction and summary can make up for a lot of waffle in the meantime.

    As for the larger font trick it works but only until you get word minimums but I have seen those trained in the large font trick run into it before and it was not pretty so if you can avoid it then even better.
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  7. DanTheManMS

    DanTheManMS aka Ricochet Otter

    Jun 2, 2007
    United States
    Two words: Engravers MT.

    My friends and I always joked about turning in a paper someday in that font and only needing to write half of the material.
  8. exangel

    exangel executioner angel

    Apr 20, 2010
    United States
    Tucson, AZ
    Double-space between every sentence if you don't already.

    This actually used to be standard formatting before computers, (my father first taught me to type on a mechanical typewriter when I was in elementary school) but I don't know if this is still considered standard in the computer age, in the various formatting standards adopted by colleges.

    I've always done it habitually, because it's how I learned to type. Even though it doesn't show up in many web based situations as the second space is usually considered extraneous/unnecessary.

    Best real advice I can give is just find more sources to reference/quote. Don't make it all repetitive of course.
    FAST6191's got a great point for you though.
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