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Writing an Illustrative Essays?

An essay is a piece of writing that is developed to prove one single point. It may discuss, describe, argue or analyze a sole topic in any manner. An essay may report events or information or evaluate a particular topic in the light of personal experiences and opinions. There are many different types of essays such as descriptive essays, definitive, illustrative, persuasive essays, argumentative, narrative essays, cause and critical essays. An Illustrative essay is the one that enclose examples to demonstrate an idea. This type of writing makes the original idea no matter how abstract it is, more tangible, realistic and comprehensible by providing real life examples to support the basic theme.

The category of Illustrative essay is also known as explanation or expository essay in academic writing because it is commonly used to elucidate and clarify a concept, a situation or a thought or notion. According to writing instructors this writing style skill is required by a majority of students in order to fulfill the requirements of the content writing courses, class assignments and essay tests during the admission process or academic year.

This guide about writing an illustrative essay is put together to make it easier for you to create an effective piece of writing that complies all the rules and guidelines of essay writing by describing the method in detail as well as offering practical tips to assist you in making your essay noteworthy and convincing.

An illustrative essay is a piece of demonstrative text. The stories and examples that you may read in an illustrative essay are only to make it comprehendible for you and to help you understand the main object of the writing. It grants precision and exactitude to any topic and may be used as a prologue to the other types of essay writing.  To state it more accurately illustrative essays transforms conceptual thoughts into existence.  

1. The first step is to choose a topic or as called in academic writing area, an illustrative truth or a general fact that you need to explain to your audience. Try to invent your thesis point or illustrative truth in your mind with a clear vision before starting the essay For instance, true friendship is priceless. Be sure you have enough and accurate knowledge in the particular area. You certainly do not need to be an expert in the field but try to gather first hand information and important points about the topic you have chosen.

2. Now write your kernel proverb or thesis point in a comprehensible, proclaiming maxim-like sentence.  Tailor your main idea into a well formed statement and apply this statement as your illustrative truth, kernel proverb, point or thesis. You may use the original proverbs written in your books or may make up one of your own that you regard as the truth.

3. Always keep in mind that your illustrative point or kernel proverb is your message that you have to deliver to your audience in order to make them realize its true nature as well as convince those against it. You should be specific about who your audiences are. Clearly describe your audience and make up your essay to meet their mental levels and personal opinions.

4.  Determine the extent of knowledge of the audiences about the topic or illustrative truth. It may be really important to know what the general attitude of your audience is over your subject and what they know already and how listening to your point of view is important and beneficial for them.

5. Be clear in your mind about why you want them to realize the truth and importance of the thesis point and what is the objective effect you want to exert upon them.

6. You have to illustrate your point of view to your audience to prove it and in its course you have to illustrate the truth by a single detailed story or multiple short stories. You should be aware of your audience and must be very clear about the fact in your mind and you must back up the general truth and your point by the stories you illustrate. You may now give a brief summary of your essay that follows especially the list of stories that you are going to narrate in the other part of the essay.  Always remember that the stories you are about to tell should leave a positive and convincing effect on your audience.

7.  You should be well aware of your audience and about what points and stories you should illustrate in order to encourage, argue and explicate it to them. One of the main tasks of effective illustrative essay writing is to determine your audience and to know the impact of your stories on your audience prior to beginning your essay. Be very clear about what your purpose is and who your audience is. For example, if you choose the illustrative truth friendship is priceless, and your audience is all teenagers. You should persuade your case by illustrating stories that involve stories of childhood friendships and the sacrifices true friends make for their friends. Contrary to it if your audiences are all seasoned people who may be already aware of these facts and you may need them to realize the importance of a true friend in the old age or retired life.  

8. You may need to develop your essay with your stories. Each short story should have a separate paragraph and should be personalized to fit the purpose you have to illustrate.  Such as if you are illustrating the importance of friendship to the veteran audience you may narrate the story of  

A. Aunt Jennie, who brought her childhood friend Wilma to her house from the old home

B. How Bob cared for and consoled his old friend William after his wife died.

C. The days after Juliana’s death and how her friend Mary looked after her kids well 

Or you may narrate the detailed story of Mark and Susan’s friendship and how they supported each other and sacrificed for one another through the thick and thins of life. 

Personalized stories and narrations affect the audience more than general stories and touchy and unique ideas are more appreciated and all more convincing to the audience. Always try to illustrate the truth with real life stories with a sentimental touch to convince your audience.

9. Use unique and specific examples in your essays and try to make them as personalized as you can. Real life stories leave a nice impression on the audience. However you may use typical and hypothetical stories too. You should always make it clear to your readers what type of story you are illustrating especially while using hypothetical examples by stating, lets imagine the case of…….this may create more interest and curiosity in your readers. You may also use a mixture of real, hypothetical and typical examples to make your essay more capturing and remarkable.  

10. Feel free to use the exemplifiers from the English grammar. All students must be aware of the several exemplifying words used in English composition and grammar. A short list of these is provided to make it clear for you where and how to use them.

--For example, --Namely, --For instance, --like, --that is, --including and such as

11. You may also use the colons instead of the seven exemplifiers listed above.

 12. You may organize your essay in different styles. You can start with a specific person and go on telling his achievements and contribution to the society in the main body and end up on the biggest contribution he may have made towards the humanity. On the contrary you can also start by naming a group of people who have dedicated their lives and money for the good of the mankind and at the end you may explain how one among them had made a difference by his contribution. Always remember that personalization is the key to motivating and exciting essay. Avoid using examples that are too common and much told.

13. You may be free to use as many examples as you want in order to explain your point to the readers but try not to overload the audience with too many stories. It is better to use 3-4 detailed stories to support your point and convince the readers.

14. Make sure that no matter how generalized your thesis point or kernel proverb is, every other sentence in the main body of your essay should be fashioned to specifically support your point to convince the addressees.   

15.  Every essay is comprised of an introduction a main body and a conclusion. The introduction mostly starts as a general discussion only to narrow down to a single statement and that is the kernel proverb. The main body should support the statement and may have several paragraphs in order to help you prove your point to the audience.  In this case the three stories we have listed earlier will comprise the main body. Try your best not to diverge from the thesis point. At the end you may conclude and prove obviously with the help of your stories, that the kernel proverb you have chosen is an original fact. You may restate your proverb here and make a concluding statement.

16. And last but the most important is the fact is to remember that revision is the key to successful writing. It is not only the key ingredient of creative writing but also gives you a chance to correct your mistakes and to tailor the piece of writing to perfection. Therefore if you want to write a perfect essay of whatever type you must revise your work several times before submission in order to make it flawless.

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