I remember when I was a novice working under a mentor back in the day, after learning of the perks of freelancing. Online freelancing had become such a popular trend for job seekers with little assistance on how to go about it. Luckily, I landed a remotely helpful mentor who, even with the little help they offered, gave me a good foundation on how to go about writing, particularly long papers. I will hereby share these insights in the hope that they will be of great help to a freelancer who freaks out at the “Number of pages” instruction.
We must admit that the first thought that always came to our mind in our novel years after receiving requests for long projects was “where will I get content to fill all those pages.” The first time I wrote a project spanning six pages got me stuck at the fourth, with no hope or prospect of moving on whatsoever. I literally had a thought block, and no amount of workaround could get me at least the remaining five hundred and fifty words. My only move was to send the unfinished project, asking the client to understand that I could not get any more materials on the topic. Funny I know. Being a very patient man, he told me things do not work that way. I would go ahead and ask that they do not pay me for the project, to fill the remaining pages and I was okay with it. I had spent the entire night on that project.
From the above encounter, it is clear that I wasted a whole lot of time and possibly lost the confidence of the client in my ability to complete projects and reliability. This happens quite often when a client hires a freelancer to complete a project, often with time constraints and the writer ends up failing to submit the complete project in due time. The key here is a complete project. Respectively, the writer will lose credibility from the contractor, despite having meant no ill. From my experience, I discovered a few incentives that will get you completing those thirty-four paper projects without panic.
Always split your paper into interrelating sections
By this, I mean you should split the paper into sections and estimate the number of words for each section required to meet the word count. This should be done at the beginning of the project when you are getting set to commence. For instance, if a client requires you to discuss diabetes in the developed countries in 34 pages, you need to split it into portions such as definition, epidemiology, current trends, signs and symptoms, treatment approaches, new developments and future directions. Take the word count of the entire project and divide it by the number of sections you came up with. By the time you are done with the word count of each section, boom, you are done with the entire project. This will also ensure you do not get a thought block and you can easily pick up in case you take breaks in-between the project.
Get all your resources before starting on the project
This is often the hallmark of saving time when working on a project, saving you hours that would have been spent navigating the internet and books for every idea or thought. Having all your resources accessible will also ensure fewer thought process interruptions and a resultant coherence and smooth flow of ideas. Research on the topic of the project, go through them for the information you are looking for and place them in a central place. It is easier from this point to pull any of the resources whenever you require them.
Number of pages is scary; use word count
When bombarded with “Number of pages: 10”, there is a tendency to get that momentary heart race. However, viewing the project in terms of words is far less ‘scary.’ A 10-page project translates to only 2750 words. A single uninterrupted sitting of around 3.5 hours will get you an unhurried 1000 words. This approach will get you completing 10-page projects daily and comfortably although other factors affect the speed of completion such as complexity. A one-page project requires only 275 words, with one paragraph typically having 130 words, you will be looking at two paragraphs, and that is done.
Writing long papers can be scary at times, especially when you are not sure you can write content to fill the number of pages. However, splitting the project into interrelating sections, viewing the project in terms of words required and collecting all the resources you will need in a centrally accessible location will get you writing those long projects like a pro.