Do you have to write an essay for a school or college assignment?
Does essay writing seem like a mammoth task to you?
If you break down essay writing into a number of steps, you can simplify the process and it can actually be quite fun, here are a few steps to follow for writing an effective essay:
Define the Purpose of Your Essay
Whether you are given an essay topic or you have chosen one for yourself, first and foremost think about what kind of essay you want to write. Determine whether it will be an argumentative or persuasive essay. This will help you form the building blocks of your writing style and help in gathering relevant data.
If you have been already assigned a topic think about what you already know about the topic and what you feel about it, your viewpoint is essential in writing the essay. If you are to choose a topic on your own, you have much more leverage in making your essay as appealing as you want it to be. Choosing a topic which interests you will help in writing a genuinely engaging essay.
Do Your Research
One mistake that we all tend to make is that we do not research or read enough on the topic. The first step is to read and gather as much information as possible on the topic. Use the internet, articles, journals and library resources to gather data related to your topic. The more you read related to your topic, the more material you can generate to refine and include in your essay.
Once you’ve read and gathered data on your topic, start writing down your ideas and try to link them. This will help to understand which ideas should go first and which last. Write the main idea and its supporting evidence. Draw a diagram or write in pointers as it will help you give an initial picture of the content of your essay. It will also help with outlining precisely what you need to write, and how you will go about writing it. A flow chart or a similar diagram will form the foundation of your essay.
Once you have planned and written down your ideas you need to start elaborating them. Take each main idea and write it in paragraph form along with its supporting idea. You can add relevant examples and supporting evidence with it. Have a clear concept of your introduction, the main body and a conclusion.
In the introduction, write one or two paragraphs to introduce the topic and give an idea about your argument. This idea is written in a line or two and guides the reader about the direction of your essay. In the body, elaborate you ideas and write about them more clearly. The conclusion should hold a summary of your argument.
Once you are done writing the first draft, always read it again and see how it will sound to the reader. Never submit an essay without thoroughly going through it again. While writing an essay we tend to forget that someone will be reading it. Make any changes that you feel are required. Check the sentence structures and refine them if you feel it is not delivering the point. Check your essay thoroughly for any grammatical or spelling mistakes, and if possible ask for an opinion from friends or family members. It always helps to have your work reviewed before submitting it.
If you conduct proper research and make an outline of your ideas, half the work in writing your essay will be done. Just be sure to stay focused on your topic and deliver your points effectively in making your essay a success.