If you are assigned an essay or paper and your instructor designates a length of 6 pages, you will need to use the same process that you would use to write any essay or paper, but the restriction to six pages will impact exactly how you proceed.
Writing 6 pages will take about 1.3 hours for the average writer typing on a keyboard and 2.5 hours for handwriting.
Selecting a Topic
This may be the most difficult part of your task. You have to choose a topic that can be covered in six pages, obviously. This means picking a general topic area that you have an interest in and then narrowing that topic down to one that is manageable in six pages.
If you do have a topic area of great interest, you might want to a bit of research and look at sample essays or papers that are of the same approximate length, take a look at the topics those writers chose, and try to choose something comparable.
The other important aspect of how to write a six-page essay or paper does relate to research. Generally, the longer a paper is, the more sources should be used. The six-page length should probably have about four source materials. And, as is always the case with a college level work, it is critical to use high quality resources – primary if possible. If not primary, then secondary resources should be from known experts in the field.
Organizing the Research into Subtopics
This step is the same when you write any type of essay or paper that has required research. With a six-page paper, you may have three-four sub-topics, each of which will consume between four-five pages. The rest will be our introduction and conclusion.
The Rough Draft
One of the things that definitely does not change when you think about how to write a six-page paper is that you do not skip the important writing steps. The rough draft is just that – a rough draft. It is not your final piece. Write it and then take a break from it.
Review and Revise
Carefully review what you have written. Read it out loud to make sure it “sounds” right to you. Check your grammar and punctuation. Make sure it flows logically from one section to the next.
Write the Introduction Last
Your introduction should capture interest immediately – find a creative or shocking beginning and then lead your reader to your thesis statement.