Writing an essay could be a dread task for many students. Doesn’t matter what the topic is about, one may find it difficult to start doing it. You may simply get stuck. Then the despair hits in. But don’t worry, it happens to all of us.
First of all, relax. There is no reason for getting upset. Get up. Take a long walk or take a hot shower. Give your brain time to process the problem and you may be surprised at the solution you discover.
Then, after you had some time for your own, make yourself a cup of tea or coffee to comfort you. Sit down and open your laptop. Here the fun begins.
1. Pick a topic
You may have your topic assigned, or you may be given free reign to write on the subject of your choice. If you are given the topic, you should think about the type of paper that you want to produce. Should it be a general overview of the subject or a specific analysis? Narrow your focus if necessary.
After you know what and how do you need to write, start searching for information you can use in your paper. Some of that you may use as inspiration to give out your own ideas. Don’t forget to write it down.
3. Prepare a draft
If you want to write a good essay, you must organize your thoughts. By taking what’s already in your head and putting it to paper, you are able to see connections and links between ideas more clearly. This structure serves as a foundation for your paper. Use either an outline or a diagram to jot down your ideas and organize them.
4. Write your thesis statement
Now when you have sorted your ideas on paper, you can start creating a thesis statement. This is one of the most important parts, as it tells the reader the point of your essay.
The thesis statement must have two parts. The first part states the topic, and the second part states the point of the essay. For instance, if you were writing about Bill Clinton and his impact on the United States, an appropriate thesis statement would be, “Bill Clinton has impacted the future of our country through his two consecutive terms as United States President.”
5. Write the body
The body of your essay disputes, explains or describes your topic. Each main idea you wrote down previously in your draft, should become here a separate section within the body of your essay.
Each body paragraph must have the same fundamental structure. Start by writing one of your main ideas as the introductory sentence. Next, write each of your supporting ideas in sentence format, but leave three or four lines between each point to come back and give detailed examples to back up your position. Fill in these spaces with relative information that will help link smaller ideas together.
6. Write the introduction
Now that you have developed your thesis and the overall body of your essay, you must write an introduction. The introduction should attract the reader’s attention and show the focus of your essay.
Start with an attention grabber. You can use shocking information, dialogue, a story, a quote, or a simple summary of your topic. Make sure that it ties in with your thesis statement, which will be included as the last sentence of your introduction.
7. Write the conclusion
The conclusion brings closure of the topic and sums up your overall ideas while providing a final perspective on your topic. Your conclusion should consist of three to five strong sentences. Simply review your main points and provide reinforcement of your thesis.
8. Edit and proofread it
Review the instructions for your essay, if applicable. Many teachers and scholarship forms follow different formats, and you must double check instructions to ensure that your essay is in the desired format.
Finally, review what you have written. Reread your paper and check to see if it makes sense. Make sure that sentence flow is smooth and add phrases to help connect thoughts or ideas. Check your essay for grammar and spelling mistakes.
Congratulations! You have just written a great essay.