Thoughts don’t line up like people in a queue. Or ducks in a row for that matter.
Thoughts are messy. Untidy. Jumbled up. Muddled. Flying off at a tangent.
You think you know what you’re doing. You understand the question. You’ve done the reading. You sit down to write your essay and…
Those thoughts you knew, the reading you did, the topic you understood - won’t line up on paper.
Because thoughts aren’t like people in a queue. They don’t line up one, after another, after another. They don’t wait their turn. They don’t linger patiently until you get to them. They are pushy. They jostle for your attention. And they come en masse, grouped together, each one vying for position as your mind makes connections all over the place.
Which is why you THINK you know what you’re going to write in your essay - that is until you have to take this bunch of jumbled thoughts and order them sequentially to make a reasoned argument.