A 1000 word essay, if written with double spacing Times New Roman 12, would take approximately four pages in MS Word. How long would it take to write an essay like that? Approximately 3,5 - 4 hours, if you do it smart.
So, now as we know how long is an essay, we need to consider several additional facts if we want to answer the initial question. Let’s even list them to make sure we have mentioned everything.
- Topic’s complexity
- Time for research (the one you need, not the one that is considered acceptable)
- Brainstorming ideas
- Creating outline
- Writing the first draft
- Editing the text
Think of the time you usually spend on each part of essay writing, calculate the final sum and think of the ways to reduce the time. For example, you can look for the samples written by other students under your topic. When creating an outline, you might rely on own ideas or ideas taken from the reviewed sources; it would genuinely ease the process. While writing, you might want to minimize all the distractions and stay focused on your writing solely. This also helps to save time.