All students face lots of essay writing tasks. The study hours and the sheer amount of workload leave them exhausted and unable to write as much as the teachers want them to. Still, the high essay-writing skills may allow you to write a single essay in less than one hour (believe us, we do it every day!). No more troubles with the right beginning or with the structure the teacher demands. Writing an essay has several simple rules, and if you obey them, you will get the high mark no matter what. So, where should you start if you need a new and shiny essay made from scratch?
Read the prompt
The main mistake that essay writers make is a misunderstanding. If you write a perfect essay but don’t cover the topic or miss the point completely, it won’t be graded or will get a lower grade. The prompt may give you a clue both about the type of essay (argumentative, descriptive, narrative, or whatever else) and about the nuances of the main topic. Try to identify the keywords in the prompt like: compare, discuss, explain, describe – they will help you to define the essay type. Then set your limitations: time, point of view, a historical person or event, etc. Now you have the frame inside of which you can proceed to the next step.
Choose the topic
Sometimes the topic is given in the prompt directly. But usually, you have to use some creativity to narrow down the frame you defined above and choose one aspect you are going to write about. You may start from the brainstorming technique, just writing down everything you have in mind and looking at the possible topics among these writings. Also, try to adapt the topic to the one you’d be interested to write about. Imagine you need to write on marketing strategies, decide on your favorite company, for example, Starbucks, and make it more interesting for you. You may look for similar essays about Starbucks from different people on the Internet on NewYorkEssays and get some ideas and inspiration (do not copy and paste the whole topics; this is considered plagiarism already!). Finally, you can write your teacher directly and ask them for assistance! Teachers are usually ready to help and will see the serious attitude and the attention you pay to the essay.
Prepare the outline and the first draft
There is no reason to write the complete essay if you understand that some paragraphs are not needed anymore. First of all, you need to prepare the roadmap of your future work, the plan and the main structure. Try outlining the ideas that may be used. Write down your topic in the centre of the list and start writing your ideas around it. It is mostly like brainstorming, but you are narrowing your topic even more, creating the main ideas for your next paragraphs. After you finish, try to structurize the written thoughts into a single work, going from one to another. Later you will support the main ideas of these paragraphs with smaller, supplementary ideas, thus creating almost a complete essay.
Each essay can be divided into an introduction, body and conclusion. The introduction is a brief outline of what your essay is about. The conclusion is exactly what is said on the tin – the conclusions you’ve made while writing the essay. The rest of the essay is the body, the ideas you have written down above. Usually, the body consists of three to five paragraphs. Use your best ideas to make them paragraphs. Don’t forget to insert quotes from the different sources; they are necessary to add credibility to your work. Learn what is the minimum number of the sources for your essay and use 1-2 more to make a good impression.
Neat it up
After you finish the conclusion, it is time to read your essay once more. Maybe, you should wait a few hours before doing this to make your eyes and mind rest and have a fresh view of your text. Correct any minor mistakes you haven’t noticed for the first time. Add a quote or two (don’t forget to mention them in your “Reference” section of that’s required) or a great idea that you have forgotten. You may read your essay aloud or ask your friend to read it and give you feedback to make sure that you are ready to submit your task. You may even use the app that will read it for you right from the file – the unfamiliar voice will make it sound like someone else’s text and will give you a new perspective. You may repeat these steps several times until you are sure that your essay is now flawless.
These rules work for any essay, long or short, of any type. They help you structurize the process, going from one step to the other and saving you lots of time. You may use them as they are or modify and customize them, adding or removing steps to make them match your writing style. Anyway, we hope that they will come in handy when you are assigned your next essay!
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