That could be the million dollar question, right? After all, it is much easier to organize your study goals when everything is clear and defined.
But this calculation is not so simple, because it depends a lot on how you face the practice of writing.
To know if you are on the right track, note the following three considerations.
First, you need to be clear about your goal.
You need to be clear about what you are looking for: passing a competition or a college entrance exam, improving written communication at work, better organizing your ideas on paper, passing a master’s / doctorate selection, writing academic texts … anyway! If you do not know what you want to achieve, it’s hard to figure out the way to go.
It is essential to delimit its focus, so it is possible to understand the textual type to be trained, in order to know its structural characteristics, who will read the text, what language is allowed, what information should be presented and the maximum extent of it.
Answer, then: Why do I need to write better?
Second, know the textual type you need to write.
Having defined its purpose, it is time to know the structure and organization of the text to be trained. You can do this by simply reading texts of the same classification (if it is a dissertation, search for essay writing templates, if an opinion article, research and read opinion articles). It is also important to look for some theoretical material that explains the structuring mechanisms of the textual type, so you can see in the texts read the characteristics explained theoretically.
There are texts that have mandatory elements, such as the letter that requires header, farewell and signature; the opinion article usually has title and allows an informal language; and the dissertation always needs to delimit in different paragraphs introduction, development and conclusion.
Know the Structure of the Dissertation
In addition to the standard structure, also consider who will be the reader of the text in order to be able to measure the level of language (if any informality or technical terms are allowed), and the length of the text to know the amount of information that will be well accommodated.
Answer: Do I know the textual type / genre that I need to write?
Finally, know what your level of writing is.
After knowing the theories, having read many texts, watched dozens of classes and videotapes, you need to measure how much you know of that textual type. For this, the ONLY alternative is to write.
You see, it is not reading numerous manuals, it is not asking someone to write, it is not expecting to know an ideal text model, or even answering a series of objective questions:
You will only know what your writing level is by writing!
And of course, relying on someone to evaluate your essays, pointing out the strengths and weaknesses.
Following these considerations will be possible to have some notion of how many texts will have to write to achieve an excellent writing. Thus, a viable answer to the central question of this post is between 3 and 10 essays.
The exact amount will depend on your commitment to solving the problems pointed out: both in your attention to the comments and in the time you devote to reading and writing.
Then just train to fix the mechanisms well and explore others that can add value to the essay.
To conclude, keep in mind that the QUALITY of the time you devote to writing is worth more than the QUANTITY of written texts.
Finally, answer and reflect: Have I trained my writing effectively?