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Writing a 400-word article does not have to be intimidating. If you are writing about subjects you know, it can actually be fun. What subjects are you familiar with? You might want to get a notebook and pen and make a list.

For instance, do you watch sitcoms or read funny books? You could write an article about the importance of seeing the humor in everday situations. Humor is actually one of the Christian virtues. It is very important, because so much of life is serious. If we laugh, we can get more enjoyment out of life.

Do you regularly eat breakfast? What do you typically eat? Do you usually eat breakfast around the same time, or does the time sometimes vary? You could write articles on meals, meal schedules, and their affects on mood.

Write freely, without worrying about paragraph formation or flow. You can edit later. You might be surprised when you check your word count and discover that you have already reached 1000 words! How can writing longer pieces help you?

One way it helps is that it prepares you for academic competitions. Some competitions, such as the literary rally, have a writing section on the test. The entire test is timed, and students are required to write an essay of a certain length. Their test is then graded. If their score is high enough to allow them to place first, second, or third, they then go on to represent their school at the state literary rally.

Writing longer pieces also helps when it comes time to fill out college applications. College applications typically ask the applicant why he wants to go to the school. The appicant has to explain, within the word limit required, why he wants to be a student at the school. His application will then be reviewed by a member of the admissions staff.

In college, students write many lengthy pieces. They are no longer writing the brief "what I did for my summer vacation" essay. Instead, they are writing five-page research papers. Writing is an important part of the college curriculum. Most classes will have the students write papers. Some professors will assign a topic for the papers, and others will allow the students to choose their own topic. The paper must be well-written, appropriately cited, typed, and submitted to the professor by the due date. Even the creative writing classes that are offered in college require the students to write lengthy stories.

Try your hand at writing some longer pieces. At first, it may seem challenging. As you continue writing longer pieces, however, it will get easier.


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