When writing an essay it is easy to get so concerned about following the academic ‘rules’ that creativity goes out of the window. How can you encourage your self-expression and creativity, while still following the conventions? Here is one suggestion.
Before you do any research, write down what you know, think and feel about the theme of the essay. Write this down as a stream of consciousness, not worrying about ‘getting it right’. You might want to jot down your ideas as a mind map, flow chart or some other kind of diagram. Doing so encourages you to unlock your creativity and generate and connect ideas, to break away from the more linear thinking you do when you start writing ‘seriously’. These thoughts and feelings can influence how you carry out the research and what you choose to feature in your essay.