Writing an essay often seems like torture for many students. No matter if it is an essay for a class, a scholarship or a contest, the task is overwhelming and challenging. But this usually happens because students do not have a defined structure to follow, a purpose and a clear topic.
No matter if it’s a persuasive, a narrative, an exploratory or an argumentative essay there are several principles that you need to follow. A good essay writer will first think about the steps he needs to take, will prepare a plan and then start writing.
If you have to write an essay as an assignment, check if you have understood correctly what you have to do. If you are writing an essay for another purpose, it is equally important to read the requirements carefully and understand the goals. Do you want to share information or an experience? Do you want to change your readers’ opinions? A clear purpose will determine what choices you will make in your essay. You also need to know who will read your essay. For example, readers who are experts on your topic will read your essay differently from the ones who are not. Those from the second category will need explanations for some terms and some context for your examples.
Write down any idea that comes to your mind related to the topic of your essay. You can make a list or draw a map or a diagram. Try them all and see which one is the best for you. If you are given a topic, think what type of essay you should write. Would it be a specific analysis or a general overview? If you do not have a topic, you have the freedom to choose a subject that you are passionate about and which is interesting to you.
Once you have a specific purpose determined, it’s time to do a research on your topic and gather the rest of the information that you need for your essay.
The thesis is the claim that you make about the topic. Consult the ideas you have already put on paper and turn them into complete sentences that will make your claim. Be ready to change your thesis as you work on your ideas and reasons. Your thesis will consist of two parts: one that will state the topic and one that will state the point of your essay.
Now that you have your thesis and resources you need to give your essay a body. Include quotations, examples, statistics, and anything that will help you make your point. You should describe, explain and argue your topic and each idea from your list or diagram will become a section of your essay.
Keep the same structure for each paragraph: use one of your main ideas as an introductory sentence, and then add two or three sentences supporting this idea, using detailed examples and other relevant information.
Once you are done writing your essay, do not make the mistake of presenting it without reading it twice or even three times. No matter how good and exciting your ideas might be, the spelling and grammar mistakes that you missed will make it worthless. Carefully read your essay and check for errors. First check the flow of your paper and see if it is easy to read and understand and if you expressed your ideas clearly.
Then make sure you do not have any spelling, punctuation and grammar mistakes. You can use an online proofreading tool, but do not rely solely on it. Ask a member of your family or a friend to read it too and express their opinion.
Good writing does not happen overnight. It takes practice and time to make it perfect. Write essays on a variety of topics, and even if they are not masterpieces, you will get a deeper understanding of the structure that you need to create and what to pay attention to.