Most of us who have ever been students have encountered problems when given a task to write an essay. We could give this issue names, such as writer's block or procrastination or anything else. The truth, in most cases, is that it has always been hard for us to get ourselves started because we had a very vague idea about where to begin.
This problem can be solved in many ways. The easiest way is to get help in writing an essay. However, many students are either prejudiced against such an undertaking or simply cannot afford it. Besides, writing an essay yourself is an extra practice. And – who knows – maybe you will reveal a hidden talent for writing and eventually move on to helping others with their papers.
If you feel confused about how to write your essay, where to begin, etc., you are welcome to take advantage of our structured step-by-step guide below:
STEP 1. Pick your topic
Some schools or faculties assign their students topics for their essays. Others are generous enough to let the students pick their topics themselves. Regardless, the first thing you need for your essay is a topic.
Once you have the topic, you should make up your mind on what kind of paper you would like to have the end result – a general overview or a specific analysis.
STEP 2. Outline your ideas
Suppose you have a lot to say on the given topic. One needs to understand that an essay is not an exercise in free writing. A stream of consciousness is not a suitable format for an essay. It needs to be logical and well-structured.
To prepare your outline, just write your topic at the top of a piece of paper and put your bigger ideas below it. Leave some space under each of them to list the smaller ideas of which they consist. Use arrows to place your ideas in order, and this will be your draft. Once done, put the final version on a separate piece of paper.
STEP 3. Put together your main statement
Once you have your topic picked and your ideas outlined, it is high time to formulate the main statement of your work. What is it you want to communicate with your writing? What ideas do you want to plant in the minds of your readers? What impression do you want to convey with your work? The answers to these questions are your main statement.
STEP 4. Write the main body
Upon completing the previous steps, you have everything ready to move on to the actual essay. You have your outline and now you can “unpack” it into a full-scale essay. Each bigger idea from the outline forms a paragraph. It is made into the introductory sentence (or two) of the paragraph. Then it is followed by the smaller supporting ideas which you “unpack” the same way.
STEP 5. Introduce
As soon as you have the main body of your essay written, you can think of how you can present it to your reader. The introduction should reveal to the reader what exactly is discussed in the essay, catch their attention, and get them interested in the rest of your writing.
It can be a punchline, a joke, or a piece of somewhat shocking information.
STEP 6. Conclude
Now it is high time to write the conclusion. This section of your essay should fulfill two functions. First, it paraphrases your introduction and your main statement, thus convincing the reader better. Second, it sums up the ideas that you have conveyed in the main body of your essay.
STEP 7. Revise
So you have it – a ready essay. Now is the time to look through it and possibly add some finishing touches. You might also ask some of your friends or professors to read it and see if they have some constructive feedback for you.