Essay 5000 Words Articles

Oh wow! That’s a tough question. It depends on a whole lot of things. At the same time, you shouldn’t be intimidated. 1,000 words is actually a relatively short piece. A dissertation would usually be in the region of 12,000 words, and university assignments can stretch to essays of 5,000 words. No matter what your assigned word count may be, some of the things that will influence the time it takes to write the essay include:

How long does it take to research an essay?

If you’re writing an opinion piece on something you already have some knowledge about, you may not have to do any research at all. It may just be a matter of organizing your existing thoughts into a coherent essay. If you need to find out about a topic before you begin to write, you can easily get information on certain topics, whilst others will be more obscure and therefore more difficult to research. Clearly, the easier it is to find information, the faster you can write.

How good are your reading comprehension skills?

Some of us can just skim a piece and pick up all the salient points. Others will have to read with more attention, and even re-read a piece several times to extract the information we need. Having good reading and comprehension skills makes writing much faster since you’re able to “get” the facts faster and organize them better. Now you know why you had to do so many reading comprehension tests at school.

How well did you plan?

Throwing yourself headlong at a 1,000-word essay and writing till you reach the word count may seem like the easy option, but it isn’t. Planning your essay so that it begins with an introduction, highlights the most important points you want to make and then wraps everything up into a conclusion actually saves you time. Sometimes, essay instructions will tell you how to structure the piece, so read them carefully and extract any information you can use to guide your essay’s structure.

How fast do you type?

Have you ever gotten lost halfway through a sentence? You know what you wanted to say, but halfway through, the thought slips away from you. The faster you can type, the more easily you can capture thoughts before your mind moves onto the next thing and you forget what you were trying to say. Typing skills are essential in the modern world. Consider using typing games to improve your speed.

How long does it take me to write a 1,000-word essay?

Faster isn’t always better. The more in-depth your report is meant to be, the longer you should spend on it. I can usually research and write a fairly technical magazine article of 1,000 words in three hours, but do remember that I’m a professional writer. I’m fast because I write all day, every day.

The longest I’ve ever spent on a 1,000-word article was 12 hours. It was absolutely brutal! The information I needed to gather was very technical, hard to find, and even more difficult to understand, and you can’t write something until you really understand the subject matter. I also had to contact experts for their opinions, but I couldn’t even ask about their opinions until I could target them with the right questions. As a result, I actually had to write most of the article before slotting in the expert comment.

The quickest I’ve ever written a 1,000-word article is one hour. In this case, I already knew the subject matter well and didn’t have to back up every fact in the essay with references.

Reviewing your work also matters

If you’re writing for grades and want a good one, you need a really good essay. Don’t start writing it the day before you have to hand it in. Try and get your first draft down at least a day or two before you have to submit your work. Then return to it and do your editing. Read your essay aloud to yourself, since this will help you pick up any careless errors you wouldn’t otherwise spot. Check to see if your information flows logically from one point to the next and make sure that you’ve presented your information clearly.

Remember, teachers get tired. They have to read the same kind of essay over and over again when they grade. If they struggle to understand what you’re saying, you might not get as good a grade as you would if you stuck to using short sentences and relatively simple language.

Your reviewing process shouldn’t take all that long. If you don’t have to make a lot of changes, you should be able to do your final edit in under half an hour.

Take your time. Whatever you do, don’t rush. You might want your essay to be written quickly, but if it’s an important essay, taking your time will give you a better finished product. Budget your time conservatively. It’s better to find that you’ve still got time left over than to run out of time and end up dashing things off with a looming deadline.

Below are some basic guidelines if you need a rough estimate on how long it will take to write an essay. It’s important to remember that there are a plethora of mitigating factors that can increase or decrease the time it takes to write. The below numbers are using an estimate that it takes about 3 hours 20 minutes to write a 1000 word essay:

How long does it take to write a 100 word essay?
It takes about 20 minutes to write a 100 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 200 word essay?
It takes about 40 minutes to write a 200 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 250 word essay?
It takes about 50 minutes to write a 250 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 300 word essay?
It takes about 1 hour to write a 300 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 400 word essay?
It takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes to write a 400 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 500 word essay?
It takes about 1 hour and 40 minutes to write a 500 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 600 word essay?
It takes about 2 hours to write a 600 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 700 word essay?
It takes about 2 hours and 20 minutes to write a 700 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 800 word essay?
It takes about 2 hours and 40 minutes to write a 800 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 900 word essay?
It takes about 3 hours to write a 900 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 1,000 word essay?
It takes about 3 hours and 20 minutes to write a 1,000 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 1,250 word essay?
It takes about 4 hours and 10 minutes to write a 1,250 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 1,500 word essay?
It takes about 5 hours to write a 1,500 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 1,750 word essay?
It takes about 5 hours and 50 minutes to write a 1,750 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 2,000 word essay?
It takes about 6 hours and 40 minutes to write a 2,000 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 2,500 word essay?
It takes about 8 hours and 20 minutes to write a 2,500 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 3,000 word essay?
It takes about 10 hours to write a 3,000 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 3,500 word essay?
It takes about 11 hours and 40 minutes to write a 3,500 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 4,000 word essay?
It takes about 13 hours and 20 minutes to write a 4,000 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 4,500 word essay?
It takes about 15 hours to write a 4,500 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 5,000 word essay?
It takes about 16 hours and 40 minutes to write a 5,000 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 6,000 word essay?
It takes about 20 hours to write a 6,000 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 7,000 word essay?
It takes about 23 hours and 20 minutes to write a 7,000 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 7,500 word essay?
It takes about 25 hours to write a 7,500 word essay.

How long does it take to write an 8,000 word essay?
It takes about 26 hours and 40 minutes to write an 8,000 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 9,000 word essay?
It takes about 30 hours to write a 9,000 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 10,000 word essay?
It takes about 33 hours and 20 minutes to write a 10,000 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 12,500 word essay?
It takes about 41 hours and 40 minutes to write a 12,500 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 15,000 word essay?
It takes about 50 hours to write a 15,000 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 20,000 word essay?
It takes about 66 hours and 40 minutes to write a 20,000 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 25,000 word essay?
It takes about 83 hours and 20 minutes to write a 25,000 word essay.

How long does it take to write a 50,000 word essay?
It takes about 166 hours and 40 minutes to write a 50,000 word essay.

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I have an essay to write.

This essay, however, is not like most other essays. I have been knocked suddenly off the 2,000 word comfort-zone of previous modules, and now find myself faced with a project on which I should be, apparently, quite able to write 5,000 words.

Add to this the fact that these 5,000 words are to be on a subject on which I didn't really do as much work as I should have done, and the task becomes all the more daunting.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I have to write the equivalent of a small book on a subject I know slightly less than bugger all about. The subject? Existentialism.

I thought existentialism would be easy. Signing up for the module, I anticipated that at the start of the term, we would be all given our existentialist starter packs (consisting of a beret, a big black pullover, some cafe crème cigars and a fake moustache), and invited to retire to some Parisian-style street cafe to drink strong black coffee and pretend to be academics.

This, I regret, was not to be.

Existentialism is one of the hardest things I have ever tried to get my head round. I will do anything to avoid writing this essay. Writing this very article is yet another of many ploys to put the essay of until tomorrow.

It isn't that I can't write the essay. I suspect that, if I was to dedicate the time and effort, I could eventually get to grips with this bizarre philosophy and get the damn essay written. The problem is that I don't want to, and will use any excuse to avoid doing so.

Last weekend, I resigned from my summer job as a waiter in a local restaurant. This job, which has taken 50 hours from each of the past 8 weeks of my summer, has been an ideal excuse to avoid essay writing. Yet, when I handed in my notice of resignation, I am afraid that this excuse went with it.

I am running out of things to do.

I am too exhausted to bother with any more of the healthy-option excuses such as bike rides and walks. Many of my friends are already returning to their university-cities, so the friend-involving excuses are beginning to look somewhat thin on the ground. Even the internet, which at one time looked like the excuse without boundaries or limits, is becoming somewhat monotonous.

If things continue the way which they are, I could well be forced to invoke the tidy-my-room excuse. Now you understand how bad things have become. The essay must be begun.

In a sudden and somewhat rash investment of optimism in my academic and scholarly abilities, I made arrangements to return to York for a week. This week, you understand, was to be dedicated solely to writing of the essay. I intended to become a permanent feature in the library, seen only to be moving from my desk when ferrying stacks of books and photocopying to and fro.

Things otherwise considered essential to life, such as food, water and oxygen, would be demoted to second place in the priority hierarchy in a desperate bid to make progress on this mammoth task. I would, if things turned incredibly sour, even find myself drinking less beer.

Yet again, this wasn't going to happen. In this week, I managed to have two trips to London, one accidental trip back home to Newcastle (having too much to drink, falling asleep on the train and missing my stop at York), to attend one 21st birthday party, have two nights out in York and, to finish the week in style, a mini cruise to Belgium. In the week which was to be dedicated to working, I managed to travel over 2000 miles. You will, I'm sure, be as astounded as I am at how a week can be filled with excuses. And that was when I wasn't even trying. Heavens knows what manner of excuses I could pull off if I were to dedicate my time and effort to it!

However, it is not my fault.

My body, aware that the moment I awake I might have to start an essay, has starting sleeping until midday. The publicans of York, obviously terrified that I might start working and that this could result in a profit loss of a few hundred pound each week, have began to introduce even more fantastic money-saving offers to keep me attached to the bar.

The University Library has reduced its opening hours for the summer holidays. There was a Julia Roberts season on television last week; how could an essay possibly take priority over that? Even BBC North Yorkshire is to blame, as I find myself writing these articles instead of essays.

All of these things do not weigh in my favour. It isn't my fault. I will blame anything or anyone, from my own body to the University Librarian, from film stars to landlords.

If the philosophy department is reading this, I'm sorry. The essay will be appalling. But it isn't my fault. It really isn't.

Sam Fugill

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