Go ahead, take a virtual bike ride, or bake at the beach, but then it's off to thoughtful writing, research and the creation of a torrent of words that will sway your reader to your point of view!!
We've had discussions on Focus, Organization, and the Development needed to make any story of interest to the reader.
Deveolpment is the result of providing details and examples of the point you want to prove.
This is true whether you are writing a personal essay or a research paper. Following these guidelines will be a big help when writing anything.