If you are a writing student who is
desperate right now because you have not started your essay which is due
tomorrow, as a writing teacher, I have a few words of advice. First and
most obvious, take something positive from your anxiety, and plan ahead for your
next essay. If you learn no more than that from this experience, you will
have learned a lot!
At the same time, you must turn
in an essay tomorrow, perhaps an essay you haven't even thought about.
Perhaps you are thinking about turning in one of the model essays in this
website as your own. My advice: Do not do it Let me explain
First, if you turn in one of these essays as your own, you are not making a wise
ethical decision, but you already know that. It is plagiarism, which is
cheating. You cannot feel good about your writing or your ability to express
yourself when you turn in someone else's essay. Think about writing as an
opportunity for you to say what you want to say!
Second, if you use one of the essays here, your composition teacher will know it
is not original, and your teacher will probably find the essay just as easily as
you did. In almost all schools, plagiarism will cause you to fail the
assignment, and in some schools, plagiarism can even get you expelled. Turning
in a plagiarized essay is not worth the risk.
These are two good reasons why you should not turn in any essay you find off the
internet, and you need go no further than that!
You can, however, write something your own,
so this is what I recommend. Try to find a few short essays here that you
can use as models of the type of essay you want to write. Then,
try to express your ideas within the organizational patterns of these models.
Clearly, it will not be easy, especially if you have left a major assignment to
the last minute, but whatever you do, it will be better than copy/pasting one of
the essays here and turning it as your own! As a composition teacher, I would
much rather work with a student and an imperfect essay in the student's own
voice than fail a student for turning in a plagiarized essay, copied and pasted
off the internet.
Finally, learn to write well! It is hard at first because good writing takes
time―at least two or three revisions―so
next time get an early start! Then, when you begin to express your own
ideas in your own words, you will be very proud of your work as you should be!