Tips : How to Write a Good Essay?
Writing an essay is not as horrifying as most people think it is. It is actually a really simple task that can be done if you are in the right mindset for it. From a young age we are taught how to write an excellent essay. But what we do not know is what should a good essay comprise of? Should it be filled with high-level vocabulary that you need to rote learn from the dictionary? Or should it contain exactly three paragraphs so that it looks more presentable and visible? Knowing the answer to these questions is important, but it is not necessary. A good essay can be anything that presents the main idea of the topic in a beautiful and concise way. You have to know what you are writing about. Essays can be very tough if you are confused about the topic or have not done your research. Most people find essay writing annoying and lengthy but the truth is it can be made easier if you do not waste time. When the deadline is near and you have no time to gather your thoughts and put them on a piece of paper, you will definitely not like essay writing. You are not a super human who can magically finish the school assignment or a college paper. You need to plan things ahead and then follow your plan. Do not be lazy, do not be hasty.
The question under discussion today is how to write a good essay? There are certain points that you must keep in mind to achieve this. We have explained to you these points in detail below. Follow them and you will feel the difference in your essay.
Plan your Essay:
As we have mentioned earlier as well, planning your whole essay beforehand is a major way to writing a good one. But for this, you need time and patience. Just sit down, relax and get a paper and pen. Now write down all the points that come to your mind related to the topic. These can be any random thoughts. They do not have to be precise yet. When you are sure you have listed down all the points, start going through them one by one. Is the point relevant to your topic or is it going off topic? If it is way off topic, then cut it out. Simple. Do not over think it. Go through all the points like this and get a final set of the needed points. There is no set number as to how many points should be on your list. Sometimes four or five points are covering your whole essay while other times you need to have at least ten points to reach a suitable conclusion. This all depends on the topic and the length needed for the essay. After jotting and finalizing the points comes the stage where you have to estimate the time that is needed to finish your whole essay. This estimation of the time is very important because you will have an idea about when you should start the essay so that it completes in time for submission. You should also keep in mind that your brain needs to be refreshed so do not overwork it. Give yourself tiny breaks where you get up, walk around the room, get a little something to eat and then start work again. Do include the time of the breaks when you are estimating the time the whole essay will take to complete.
Research is the Key Factor in Writing:
After you have finalized the points that you must include in your essay; research on them. Research is essential to obtaining detailed information about the points. Just points are not enough to get you a good essay. The research will give you the evidence needed to support your points. This evidence can make a significant difference between a good essay and an average essay. Most students get confused about sources they should use for this research. There are many different types of sources that can give you the data that you are looking for. From newspapers to journals and blogs, all platforms will give you at least something useful. The thing to remember here is that you do not have to waste time on this research. Start by gathering information from one source only. Take the internet for example. You can easily find tons of information on any topic here. If you want to look for something more traditional, you can always visit the library and get original work of famous authors and use it. Make sure that whatever sources you use are reliable and authentic. We love the internet but let’s face it, not everything that is posted on the internet is true. So check your references before you wreck your essay. Save your research or take notes so that when you are writing your essay you have everything in one place. Messy plans and research cannot have a good outcome.
The pre-essay-writing-planning is done now and you are finally ready to actually start your essay. The first thing you should pay attention to is the introduction. The introduction can either make or break your whole essay. Like any other form of literature that you have ever read, you must know that an introduction to your essay should be catchy and interesting. It should reel the reader immediately. There are many ways to make your introduction interesting. It is not necessary to start with a quote or dialogue. Your introduction can be simple yet unique. It should explain what your essay will be about in a brilliant manner. Do not write in a mainstream, boring way. Do not put too much information in the first paragraph. The reader will lose interest immediately if too much information is being given right at the start of the essay. You must build up from a basic level and then get to the main point eventually. We have observed that many students find it easier to write their whole essay first and then write the introduction. This may seem like a bizarre idea but if you are in a pickle and cannot think of a good introduction then try this. It can make your work easier. After you have finished your essay you will have the whole idea and then you can write a small introduction that compliments your essay.
We will not go into the details of what you should and should not include in the body of your essay to make it a good one. You probably already know that can essay should include all the relevant information yet should not be too lengthy. Just make sure you have properly divided your work into paragraphs. Do not mix up different thoughts and ideas and try to jam them into one paragraph. Make separate paragraphs for each idea that you want to add. So that your work is not jumbled up and does not confuse the reader.
Make your writing clear. If you have an idea, present it clearly. Now this presentation is not only in the way you put your idea but also in the literal way that is the way you write it. If you have to submit your assignment hand written, use a clean sheet of paper and a good pen. Try writing neatly. Readers or examiners hate it if work is untidy. You want the reader to go through and understand each word that you have written. If they miss something important just because of your bad writing then this can cost you your whole essay.
The Perfect Ending
Just like a proper introduction, you need to have a proper ending. The Conclusion. The conclusion is not necessarily a summary of your essay. It can be something completely new yet very effective in terms of the essay topic. Try to add something interesting that will keep the reader wondering for hours later. You can also show your writing abilities in a conclusion. Many students compare introduction writing with conclusion writing and to the surprise of most people, both the things have a lot in common. Both things need to be interesting and properly executed. A conclusion should present the gist of the whole essay. Do not make it abrupt or too lengthy. The transition from the body of the essay to the ending should be a smooth one. Let there be no bumps when a reader moves to the conclusion. Just remember that essay writing is a task that can be made easier if you follow all the steps we have mentioned above. Good luck and happy writing!