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I am writing a policy paper for politics right now. It is perhaps the crappiest paper I've ever written, including the one where I repeated "The Soviet Union are" over and over in a spectacular display of knowledge fail and grammar fail. ...Okay, probably not that bad. ETA: Definitely not that bad. On my spellchecking reread, it's actually quite coherent.

But seriously. It's supposed to be 3 pages long. How on earth do I write a policy paper only three pages long? It takes me at least one page to go over the policy (my topic of choice: WHERE IS HUNGARY'S ECONOMIC POLICY BECAUSE I DON'T SEE IT, which is a bit of a cop-out case, I admit), which I can reduce, but I still need to discuss and compare the options, and then conclude. I can't believe I'm going over my page limit, but I think I'm going to have to stretch at least to four pages here. Anyway, one more hour to go while I try to be as un-wordy as possible in my conclusion.

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Date: 2010-12-10 10:30 pm (UTC)
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I once had a lengthy discussion with someone about short papers and long papers, and we were not quite sure which actually involves more work: getting enough information to be able to write a long paper, or reducing all the information you do have to something that you can squeeze into 2-3 pages.
I am glad that my papers always had to be at least 10 pages, and later on even at least 20 pages. i think it's easier that way and I don't envy you.

3 pages is not enough.

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Date: 2010-12-11 12:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I prefer long papers too, and I'm pretty efficient at researching, . One of my profs in my freshmen year was horrible and asked for a 200 word count summary (give or take a couple words) of each article we read for class, because he wanted to teach the value of being concise as well as, you know, check that we did our homework. Let me tell you, it is a nightmare trying to explain Federalist #51 in 200 words.


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