Tips on Writing, and Choosing Your Essay Topic

Wow, it has almost been a year since I’ve written a new essay. I promised I’ll keep writing even after my GP exam, but I couldn’t keep it because of a lot of my…umm…”busyness”. But here I am again, with finally enough time to get into writing again, and show you my work! I’m done with my A levels, and I’m taking a gap year which I’m spending writing short movie scripts and making short movies. And now that I have so much time available, why not write my essays?

So to get back to my essay-writing flow (and getting used to my blog again, because I logged in after a really long time), I’ve decided to post some TIPS on GP essay writing. Yeah, I know I’m only a student, I’ve studied GP for a year, and I have achieved an A grade in it (trust me, I am NOT boasting), but why not I share some of the things I learnt along the way while writing my essays and giving my GP Paper? These tips are not PROFESSIONAL GUIDELINES on writing your essays, but just something which may help you get comfortable with your writing and make sure you don’t stop enjoying your writing as you write the essay.

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“The environment is being harmed more by human activity than by natural disasters.” Is this true?

“I realized that you aren’t actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with its surrounding environment, but you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply, and multiply until every natural resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is?-A virus. You humans are a cancer of this planet.” Though these are just the dialogues from the character Agent Smith from the hit science fiction film The Matrix, they do make sense. Just as Agent Smith, the environment minister of the UK government of 2003, Michael Meacher, has similar opinions. In one of his lectures, he compared humans with viruses and said that human beings’ view of being the dominant specie of this planet is actually flawed because they fail to respect their environment and surroundings. Don’t you think this is true? Maybe, not yet…

This planet can survive without us, but we humans cannot survive without it which is why we talk about “saving the planet”. Saving the planet is actually a synonym for saving the human race, because the planet doesn’t need a saviour. It has existed before us and will continue to exist for a much longer time than we have. A time might come when this planet will become sick of us and wipe us off like dirt, and the process seems to have already begun. The planet is a living thing, and like every living thing it does know how to defend itself. The weapons our beloved planet Earth is using to protect itself are natural disasters. Continue reading


This news is a month old, but I forgot to update this blog. I scored an A grade in my GP AS level exam. =D

I’m really happy, as I worked very hard for it. They essay topics in the examination were exactly the ones I could write on, like music. I will try reporoducing one of the essays which I wrote in the examination, on the topic “Should people pay to hear music?”. I think that was one of the best ones I wrote.

Thank you ery much! I know I haven’t written any essay for a while, but that’s because my laptop wasn’t feeling well. =P I shall be writing more very soon!


“A day spent without reading is a day wasted.” What is your view?

This one was written just recently, about a month ago. I don’t remember the exact date.


BookA day spent without reading what? And a day wasted for whom? And if a day spent without reading SOMETHING is wasted for SOMEONE, then how does reading turn a wasted day into a useful and fruitful one? Without answering these questions, the topic statement seems very harsh and one sided.

Reading can be associated with books, newspapers, self-written work, brail, musical notation, expressions, text messages, information on a computer, on websites, electronic books, and essays. Reading can also be divided into even smaller categories, such as reading advertisements, notes, memos, names, dates, and so on. In a nutshell, reading is about everything that is written down by any means of writing, whether it is electronic, handwritten, or digital. So taking this definition of “reading” into account, a day spent without reading will be useless. How can someone spend a day without reading anything? Continue reading

Music Without Words is Meaningless

My third GP essay.
Written: 6th March 2009


music“Let us all stand up for the national anthem”. The numerous people, creating a large crowd in the huge football stadium, stand up. The players of both the teams line up in the centre of the field in a rigid stance. The anthem begins. The camera focuses on all the team members of the country whose anthem is being played, tears streaming down the cheeks of a few players in great love, respect and patriotism for their beloved country. The anthem surely made them emotional and triggered the love for their nation. But wait…nobody is singing the national anthem, it is only an instrumental. If music without words is meaningless, then how come those players were so touched by it? How did they receive the message and the sensation of patriotism through only the sounds coming from a number of instruments? A better question; how did they even RECOGNIZE that it is their country’s national anthem and not their opposing team’s? The answer to all these questions is that music without words is not meaningless, and it would be quite a sweeping statement to say so. Yes, music can be meaningless without words if it created that way, just a mixture of random notes and intervals without any harmony, but why would anyone waste their time creating something like that? Even if words are added to such a piece of music, it would not be effective. Continue reading