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[Answer Writing for Beginners] How to convert your thoughts into Words

Hi guys

Didn't write more than 4-5 sentences at one stretch in last 8/9 years.
Quite comfortable in MCQs and finished all static contents.
Although I know the answer, despite not able to scribble more than 50/100 words.

Kindly suggest how to break this 'shackle'?

Thanks
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  • 1. Start writing.
    2. Write BS answers that may even be totally off-track.
    3. Get them reviewed by someone who has scored decently earlier, or write on the portal under Mains Marathon so that they can get reviewed.
    4. Improve.
    5. Write better answers.
    6. Back to 3 and loop.

    There are no shortcuts to success. :)
    Prelims: 4. Mains: 2*. Interview: 1. Rank: NA.
    Literature of English Language.
    "Only through time time is conquered."
  • DrKing is absolutely right.My two cents.


    Write, make mistakes , understand mistakes , do not fall in the trap of thinking you are good , write again , this time learning from your mistakes.Review again.Now go have a looka at topper answersheets.Look at flow.Look at structure.Write again.Review Ask someone else to check( teacher , friend, successful candidate).Learn from mistakes.Practice again.

    Keep dping this till you succeed.
    Some tips:


    Good writing comes from clear thought.

    Clear thought will come from linking and understanding what you read in simple terms.

    Good understanding comes from investing time in studying the material again and again.



    Best of luck.
    One step,One Punch,One Round At a Time.
    How you do anything is how you do everything.

    PSIR Optional. Aspiring Diplomat.
  • You can start by writing essays. You will have sufficient time to formulate the opinion and your structure and flow will be better. Gradually move on to GS answer writing which is quick and concise.
  • What many fail to understand is that writing answers is not only mechanical excercise. It involves thinking, linking, structuring and then conveying it in precise manner. Though if you ask someone who wrote answers just by giving mocks, he/she will say write as much as you can. Donkeys do that.

    First step has to be improving thinking process. So for 1-2 weeks I will advise you to look at the Questions on insights secure and just think what points you will write. Then move on think entire framework of answers. (Which current egs I can quote, REPORTS, recommendations, stats, diagrams, flow charts, maps...). Also while reading anything, identify the section or.topic of syllabus where it fits in.

    Then move on to write answers. Starting with an essay a week is good approach as it involves above mentioned things. Only writing answers without doing this will ensure you improve one thing i.e. writing speed and nothing else. And then people will say answer writing is overrated.

    :blush:
  • 1. Start writing.
    2. Write BS answers that may even be totally off-track.
    3. Get them reviewed by someone who has scored decently earlier, or write on the portal under Mains Marathon so that they can get reviewed.
    4. Improve.
    5. Write better answers.
    6. Back to 3 and loop.

    There are no shortcuts to success. :)

    Of course there are. Only if one uses brain to figure out how minimize effort and maximize output. The reason why many are able to achieve in 1-2 attempts what other cannot in 5 attempts.
    For example. Making notes of laximikant is sheer waste of time and effort. But highlighting key points and recalling them is not.
    :blush:
  • kaguya said:

    1. Start writing.
    2. Write BS answers that may even be totally off-track.
    3. Get them reviewed by someone who has scored decently earlier, or write on the portal under Mains Marathon so that they can get reviewed.
    4. Improve.
    5. Write better answers.
    6. Back to 3 and loop.

    There are no shortcuts to success. :)

    Of course there are. Only if one uses brain to figure out how minimize effort and maximize output. The reason why many are able to achieve in 1-2 attempts what other cannot in 5 attempts.
    For example. Making notes of laximikant is sheer waste of time and effort. But highlighting key points and recalling them is not.
    :blush:
    Your'e equating smart work with shotcuts. :tongue:
    But let's not get into semantics. You eaborated the first step while I elaborated the next. :)
    Prelims: 4. Mains: 2*. Interview: 1. Rank: NA.
    Literature of English Language.
    "Only through time time is conquered."
  • kaguya said:

    1. Start writing.
    2. Write BS answers that may even be totally off-track.
    3. Get them reviewed by someone who has scored decently earlier, or write on the portal under Mains Marathon so that they can get reviewed.
    4. Improve.
    5. Write better answers.
    6. Back to 3 and loop.

    There are no shortcuts to success. :)

    Of course there are. Only if one uses brain to figure out how minimize effort and maximize output. The reason why many are able to achieve in 1-2 attempts what other cannot in 5 attempts.
    For example. Making notes of laximikant is sheer waste of time and effort. But highlighting key points and recalling them is not.
    :blush:
    Your'e equating smart work with shotcuts. :tongue:
    But let's not get into semantics. You eaborated the first step while I elaborated the next. :)
    Few weeks before I was comparing apples with oranges according to a mahatma.
    :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
  • Hi. I had similar problem. Initially I used to make bullets of ncert and made newspaper notes as a part of writing practice which clearly was not smart work,.
    By now you must have written something(50-100 words)..Read your writings after 7-10 days..You yourself can critically evaluate it. Some redundant facts that needs to be discarded..Some points that must be requiring more clarification.. This will help in improving further writings..
    writing is an art ..it should aim towards reader.. As a reader, I would prefer a writer who has an authenticated source.. In lead article writers mention their designation.. But we are not professionals, so we need to quote authenticated source to back our information credibility. Eg some official data, phrases, commitee recommendation.. Once this is done, reader will have more interest in reading your answer...
    No would appreciate repetitiveness. So its better to integrate related facts in the same paragraph/point.
    As a beginner, you can always divide your answer in social-political-economic-cultural aspects..This will help you think systematically..But eventually you will learn, they are not discrete.
    If you have 10 days and control on instincts...use Quora.. Articles in newspapers are written by people who have extraordinary information..So writing style may not even be there preference..But we need to learn it as our aim is to sell our argument to examinor..One thing you will surely learn at quora is the art of attractive writing..answers by people having similar information but different style are very different..

    Write on random topics to get a flow.. and later on Insight secure is a good platform to compare our answer with others

    PS: wrote in an answer format rather than bullet points. :p
    Qawalli Lover. Die hard fan of NFAK..
    "Aag ka dariya h, doob ke jana hai."
  • edited January 21
    kaguya said:

    What many fail to understand is that writing answers is not only mechanical excercise. It involves thinking, linking, structuring and then conveying it in precise manner. Though if you ask someone who wrote answers just by giving mocks, he/she will say write as much as you can. Donkeys do that.

    First step has to be improving thinking process. So for 1-2 weeks I will advise you to look at the Questions on insights secure and just think what points you will write. Then move on think entire framework of answers. (Which current egs I can quote, REPORTS, recommendations, stats, diagrams, flow charts, maps...). Also while reading anything, identify the section or.topic of syllabus where it fits in.

    Then move on to write answers. Starting with an essay a week is good approach as it involves above mentioned things. Only writing answers without doing this will ensure you improve one thing i.e. writing speed and nothing else. And then people will say answer writing is overrated.

    :blush:

    lol... sahi kaha..
    Qawalli Lover. Die hard fan of NFAK..
    "Aag ka dariya h, doob ke jana hai."
  • seed_15 said:

    kaguya said:

    What many fail to understand is that writing answers is not only mechanical excercise. It involves thinking, linking, structuring and then conveying it in precise manner. Though if you ask someone who wrote answers just by giving mocks, he/she will say write as much as you can. Donkeys do that.

    First step has to be improving thinking process. So for 1-2 weeks I will advise you to look at the Questions on insights secure and just think what points you will write. Then move on think entire framework of answers. (Which current egs I can quote, REPORTS, recommendations, stats, diagrams, flow charts, maps...). Also while reading anything, identify the section or.topic of syllabus where it fits in.

    Then move on to write answers. Starting with an essay a week is good approach as it involves above mentioned things. Only writing answers without doing this will ensure you improve one thing i.e. writing speed and nothing else. And then people will say answer writing is overrated.

    :blush:

    lol... sahi kaha..
    :mrgreen:
  • Bsss jo upr gyaan diya h usme se KOI EK KO BHI sche tan , man or dhan or dhyaaaaaan se IMPLEMENT kr dena.. you will be able to write >500 words on any reasonable topic ;)

    PS- especially what Dr King have said !! :)
    Being IAS... 4 U Onlyyy... :-)
  • Shad said:

    Hi guys

    Didn't write more than 4-5 sentences at one stretch in last 8/9 years.
    Quite comfortable in MCQs and finished all static contents.
    Although I know the answer, despite not able to scribble more than 50/100 words.

    Kindly suggest how to break this 'shackle'?

    Thanks

    Try to analyze any topic from these pov's.
    PESTEL, SWOT, Constitutional, Legal, Moral, Logical, Ethical, Societal, Personal, Neutral/3rd Person. You will find plenty of things to write. :mrgreen:
    Good Bye. See you Later.
  • Bsss jo upr gyaan diya h usme se KOI EK KO BHI sche tan , man or dhan or dhyaaaaaan se IMPLEMENT kr dena.. you will be able to write >500 words on any reasonable topic ;)

    PS- especially what Dr King have said !! :)


    I forgot to mention..whatever i wrote is supplementary to above mentioned thoughts to which i completely agree. :)
    Qawalli Lover. Die hard fan of NFAK..
    "Aag ka dariya h, doob ke jana hai."
  • :blush:

    Overwhelmed to receive responses from almost all the prominent personalities of Forum IAS.
    I am articulating every suggestion and would definitely work on them.

    However, If I ask for personlised solution as you might have got the hint from my first line that I was having some psychological constraint too. That may be my indolence shaped over a large span of time. If I remember, I used to write just a little bit more than 25 words (that's minimum set by program) while writing my appraisals or reviewing my subordinates'.

    I actually pushed myself to write an essay after reading Neywan's suggestion in some other thread last month, but that enthusiasm died down in a day or two. I don't feel lethargic while reading or memorising stuff but its only writing where I feel so much restraint. :'( Anything please .... ?
  • Wooha, I guess I wrote more than 100 words above :) That's more than my any social media's status.
    But again, I took over 15 minutes for that and no longer in a mood to write anything further.
  • Shad said:

    Wooha, I guess I wrote more than 100 words above :) That's more than my any social media's status.
    But again, I took over 15 minutes for that and no longer in a mood to write anything further.

    I was counting words only. I saw that coming. :mrgreen:
  • kaguya said:

    Shad said:

    Wooha, I guess I wrote more than 100 words above :) That's more than my any social media's status.
    But again, I took over 15 minutes for that and no longer in a mood to write anything further.

    I was counting words only. I saw that coming. :mrgreen:
    :)
  • Bsss jo upr gyaan diya h usme se KOI EK KO BHI sche tan , man or dhan or dhyaaaaaan se IMPLEMENT kr dena.. you will be able to write >500 words on any reasonable topic ;)

    PS- especially what Dr King have said !! :)

    I know what I will ask is unrelated to what is being discussed here..but please PLEASSSEEE someone help me manage my time between optional and GS. For some reason i am not able to make any practical targets. In the past 20 days I have not achieved even one of my target for the week! Please someone give some gyan so that i feel confident
  • edited January 22
    @KhatoonKamyab Try to finish optional first; at least once. Twice is better. Then go for GS main.

    Majority of prelims portion will be covered during main preparation. Keep separate notes for both for easy revision.

    Give last 50 days for prelim. Then continue GS+optional after prelim.
    "There should be no boundaries to human endeavor. We are all different. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there's life, there is hope" - Stephen Hawking
  • @KhatoonKamyab Try to finish optional first; at least once. Twice is better. Then go for GS main.

    Majority of prelims portion will be covered during main preparation. Keep separate notes for both for easy revision.

    Give last 50 days for prelim. Then continue GS+optional after prelim.

    +1
    Qawalli Lover. Die hard fan of NFAK..
    "Aag ka dariya h, doob ke jana hai."
  • Shad said:

    :blush:

    Overwhelmed to receive responses from almost all the prominent personalities of Forum IAS.
    I am articulating every suggestion and would definitely work on them.

    However, If I ask for personlised solution as you might have got the hint from my first line that I was having some psychological constraint too. That may be my indolence shaped over a large span of time. If I remember, I used to write just a little bit more than 25 words (that's minimum set by program) while writing my appraisals or reviewing my subordinates'.

    I actually pushed myself to write an essay after reading Neywan's suggestion in some other thread last month, but that enthusiasm died down in a day or two. I don't feel lethargic while reading or memorising stuff but its only writing where I feel so much restraint. :'( Anything please .... ?

    Any comments please?
  • edited January 22
    Shad said:


    Any comments please?

    Do you have the habit of making notes? Now each time you read some topic, try to memorize it in the question-answer format. Also jot it down. No need to make perfect, lengthy sentences. Just write the points. But choose a structure for your answer.

    For example, like

    -definition of terms or background
    - Reasons for the issue
    - Examples
    - Solution

    Now, try to improve your word counts after few days by making short sentences. Or you can do it while doing revision.

    Like this 'gradually' improve word counts.

    There are two ways to make an answer lengthy.
    1 - Add more points.
    2 - Add more words in a sentence --left and right side of the point-- without making it too complex or difficult to understand.

    Do this at least once in a day. Also try to read more each day. More reading ---->>> more ideas/points ---->>> more writing.

    But most important is, never get distracted. Be around like-minded people.
    "There should be no boundaries to human endeavor. We are all different. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there's life, there is hope" - Stephen Hawking
  • Shad said:


    Any comments please?

    Do you have the habit of making notes? Now each time you read some topic, try to memorize it in the question-answer format. Also jot it down. No need to make perfect, lengthy sentences. Just write the points. But choose a structure for your answer.

    For example, like

    -definition of terms or background
    - Reasons for the issue
    - Examples
    - Solution

    Now, try to improve your word counts after few days by making short sentences. Or you can do it while doing revision.

    Like this 'gradually' improve word counts.

    There are two ways to make an answer lengthy.
    1 - Add more points.
    2 - Add more words in a sentence --left and right side of the point-- without making it too complex or difficult to understand.

    Do this at least once in a day. Also try to read more each day. More reading ---->>> more ideas/points ---->>> more writing.

    But most important is, never get distracted. Be around like-minded people.
    No. It's going be to an year since I started my prep. All I have scribbled is 0-5 pages in each of 10 copies I made :(

    I have been habituated to 'scan' the PPT/Text in my mind and I am fairly satisfied and confident for prelims.
    But having nightmares for Essay and Ethics :'(
    Somehow, I am unable to yield continuous streams of Idea. :neutral:

    I am preparing all alone with my wife and kid and parents at a distant town.

    Thanks to @Jaime_Lannister , @DrKingSchultz , @GentleGiant6 , @Early Moderate , @kaguya , @seed_15 , @Yo_Yo_Choti_Singh , @pizza , @SteveOdinson and others.
    I have started working on your valuable suggestions and hopeful for a positive change. :)

    If at any times, if you come across any advise, please share.
  • edited January 23
    Initiate writing essays.. especially the one with model answers(can refer insight essays for beginning)...you will see a drastic change.. :)
    Ethics is static.. Download mock papers...and start attempting them regularly.. :smiley:
    Qawalli Lover. Die hard fan of NFAK..
    "Aag ka dariya h, doob ke jana hai."
  • seed_15 said:

    Initiate writing essays.. especially the one with model answers(can refer insight essays for beginning)...you will see a drastic change.. :)
    Ethics is static.. Download mock papers...and start attempting them regularly.. :smiley:

    :) Hmm. Will Do.
  • @Shad, I still remember your signature. :mrgreen: All the best. :+1:
    Ramesh. Suresh. Rakesh. Ramesh. Suresh. Rakesh
  • edited January 24

    @Shad, I still remember your signature. :mrgreen: All the best. :+1:

    That's kewl @TatkalService Bro (In your style :p ). It's been long time I removed my signature.

    Thanks for the wishes and best of luck. :)
  • Start writing answers here (and ask others to Review): http://forumias.com/portal/marathon2017/

  • How do you make current affairs notes ? Do you simply read the newspaper ? or you underline ? and then make them on evernote , or write them down ? If you make them on evernote , do you end up copy pasting them ?


    How you read the newspaper and formulate the worldview in your head will impact your understanding and in turn answer writing . You can refer to Arushi ma'am's article on forum . don't underline anything in the article. simply read it without making any conscious attempts of note making or how you have to use it later. read and summarise it in your own words as to how it made sense to you. do it everyday. on a small scale. you will realize you cannot carry everything to the examination hall except what has made sense to you so far, and it is that which you have to express in your own words. don't worry about keywords. they remain in our understanding.

    We are our memory,
    we are that chimerical museum of shifting shapes,
    that pile of broken mirrors.
  • ForumIAS said:

    Start writing answers here (and ask others to Review): http://forumias.com/portal/marathon2017/

    Thank you. Been there but couldn't done :pensive: I am primitive there.

    Nevertheless, Noted down Essay topic, scribbling and hoping to finish sooner than later.
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