Are they real?
It seems like every writer has their own theory about why assignments get completed late. Some say it’s because of lack of motivation, or that the person assigned to write it is too busy with other things. Or maybe there just aren’t enough hours in the day for everyone, so some people give up and leave the task undone.
I don’t think any of these explanations are true, at least not completely. I believe there is something more going on than mere laziness or procrastination.
Something beyond our control makes us wait until we have time to do an assignment.
It’s called “ghost writing.”
There are many theories as to what causes this, but most agree that a source is giving you information about your topic and/or yourself and also requiring your input. When you haven’t got time right now, someone else can help you out by taking over part or all of your job. This may be because they want your opinion or expertise on theirs.
In both cases, they will probably edit and re-write parts or even the whole thing before passing it on to me.
By the time I sit down to work, my new collaborator will usually have done some initial editing and proofreading which takes away my excuse! (Not really though…)
This article won’t tell you how to handle ghost writers, only describe what happens when one does eventually show
Have you seen one?
Recent studies have shown that there are several ghost writers who write our assignments for us, whether we know it or not. These spirits take control of the process at some points throughout the assignment-writing cycle to ensure that someone else’s ideas get written down.
The timing and content of these ghostly edits can be vague — sometimes they will make very specific suggestions, but more often than not, they will leave you to your own creativity as they skulk away.
This doesn’t necessarily mean that the person who did the editing is bad; it could be someone close to you, like a friend or family member, who wanted you to succeed and gave you helpful tips. It could also be a professional writer who helped you gain knowledge or skills about writing and then left their imprint in your work.
Whatever the reason, this unseen collaborator is now leaving messages for others to find and read. And while most people would feel uncomfortable if they knew that someone was taking credit for their work, word gets around eventually!
So what do you do when you realize that a friend or colleague has been ghosted? You should probably look into it.
Here are some famous ghosts
A few well-known ghost writers will always get attention because of what kind of stories they write, or how emotional their writing is. These writers have it in them to use strong language and vivid descriptions that bring out emotions in readers.
They are also known for their ability to connect with other people and create intimacy where there was once none. Many think of these writers as having a talent for storytelling which makes them natural candidates to be authors.
Many people feel like they can learn something from the way these writers write so they admire them and want to try their hand at writing. Some even say their writing style inspired them to start writing themselves!
But aside from being talented storytellers, another reason why these writers are famous is because they never really “lose” an assignment. They constantly receive new assignments (and pay more money) almost immediately after finishing the last one. This has made them very rich!
Do they help you with your assignments?
There are several theories about why grade inflation exists. Some say students feel overly pressured to achieve an unattainable standard of excellence in the classroom, so they give up and only pay attention for the allotted time, leaving much of the class unprepared.
Others believe that because professors have become accustomed to getting A’s from students who don’t put in too many hours outside the classroom, they stop asking important questions or seeking out hard conversations during lecture.
A third theory is that some professors simply like being able to check off their academic achievements by writing a book report or completing an assignment, so they hand it over to student researchers who already show an interest in learning.
Whatever the reason, there are ways to avoid grade inflation if it worries you. Here are eight tips to get rid of it.
Some students believe
That assignments are done for them by someone else, or that they do not have to work because there is no way their assignment will be graded negatively
There are several reasons why this assumption is false. First of all, as we discussed before, learning does not necessarily make people feel good. Studying hard may actually create stress, especially if you are not motivated to learn.
Furthermore, academic tasks require time to complete. If a student does not take responsibility for managing his or her time, then he or she will not spend enough time doing the assigned task and will miss out on valuable class periods or days. This can hurt his or her grade, but also your school’s ability to advance academically.
In fact, according to an article from Business Insider, one in five college graduates drops out within two years of graduating due to poor academic performance.
This number represents about half a million individuals!
If a few dropouts seem like a lot, consider how many people there are walking around with a degree — almost everyone. So even though it seems like very few people are failing, this still adds up quickly.
It is important to remember that education should be something that anyone can afford to pursue, even if at first it feels difficult.
Some students do not believe
That assignments will be graded correctly because of the writer who put in the effort to take time out of their day to create ours
Comment: This can sometimes include offering suggestions or editing work that was already done
Paragraph: Or they may assume that someone else has done enough work for us by checking his/her syllabus or looking at past projects, etc.
Comment: We as writers are professionals so we deserve our respect!
Paragraph: Sometimes, however, you will come across a student who does not agree with this theory. These students feel that if an assignment is too easy to complete, then it should get a lower grade than one that took more effort to produce.
Comment: This can sometimes lead to some very angry professors.
You should believe
As we know, Ghost writing is an art form that takes practice to get better at. It’s not something you learn in school where students are given assignments and graded on their work. Rather, it’s a skill that requires us to be productive everyday writers!
In fact, there’s a theory called “the writer’s paradox” which suggests that the more time you spend writing, the less creative your writing will become.
This theory was first popularized back in 1989 by novelist Donald Fadge. He mentioned how he would make huge progress with his novel as long as he had enough inspiration, but once his pen touched paper or his computer keyboard, his creativity would start to drain away.
He would then have to take breaks to re-focus and re-energize so that he could write again. Even though he needed this break, he made sure to come back fully focused and ready to write. This way, he didn’t waste any time on wasted energy before diving into writing.
I think this applies to most people who want to improve at writing. We need to find a balance between spending too much time writing and investing time in other areas of our lives.
For me, I always have my phone close by so that if I feel distracted I can quickly grab someone’s number and call them instead of writing down notes or ideas for later.
Another trick I learned is