How to Write an Essay


"Essay: A loose sally of the mind; an irregular indigested piece;
not a regular and orderly composition."
Samuel Johnson

Basically writing an essay suggests surveying or experimenting with ideas. A real essay is a try, an exciting trip of discovery both for the reader and writer.

How to write an essay that conforms to such a definition? The following tips will explain you.

Essay writing comprises three main stages:

  • Prewriting
  • Writing
  • Editing

Prewriting stage:

Reflect on what you are going to write. Answer these questions to optimize the activity:

  • What issue will I discuss in my essay?
  • What is the best way to cover the issue?
  • What is the main part of the essay?
  • What facts and illustrative examples will help me to support the thesis?
  • How can I make my essay appeal to the reader?

Collect the pertinent information

Generate your own ideas. These questions may direct you to the right course: Is there anything else I want to say on the problem? What makes this topic important? Why should people care about the topic?

Choose the most important idea of your essay and follow it throughout the essay.

Arrange your thoughts so that they develop your main point of the essay. Sketch out the structure of your argument and make sure each section is united. This outline will guide you throughout the essay.

Writing Stage

The essay starts with the introduction; it is a build-up of the topic, a stage of bringing your reader into the essay's argument. The reader will read up to the conclusion of the essay if he liked the intro. Otherwise he will put your essay aside. Opening paragraph leads into the thesis of the essay. The thesis is your main point, summarized in a clear sentence that lets the reader know where you're going, and why.

Each paragraph of the body focuses on a separate point supporting the thesis. Every paragraph opens with a topic sentence, introducing the main idea of the section. All your presumptions must be supported with evidence and expand on your ideas in the clearest and most reasonable manner.

Elegantly finish the essay with a powerful closing sentence. End it with an impressive thought, maybe a quote, or you may choose to call the reader to action.

Editing Stage

Your work on the essay is not over unless you have done with the editing stage. You must polish your language by checking on the grammar, making sentences run naturally, incorporating rhythm, emphasis, adjusting the formality, giving it a sensible tone. Proofread the essay until it reads just the way you expect it to. Make sure your essay complies with the correct guidelines for citation. All the borrowed ideas and quotes must be cited correctly and there also should be a reference page with all the sources listed.

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