How to Write an Essay: A Brief Overview

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Establishing your essay topic is very important because it tells the reader what the essay will talk about and what stance it shall take. Topics need to be thought out very carefully and a thoughtful analysis of the main idea needs to be done in order to determine a topic that is short and detailed enough to cover the main idea and what the essay aims to look at.

How to Write an Essay

  • Establish your topic

Establishing your essay topic is very important because it tells the reader what the essay will talk about and what stance it shall take. Topics need to be thought out very carefully and a thoughtful analysis of the main idea needs to be done in order to determine a topic that is short and detailed enough to cover the main idea and what the essay aims to look at. The topic should not be very long or verbose that it puts off the reader from reading further. Rather it should evoke interest in the reader’s mind to go ahead with the essay.

  • Organize your ideas

Organization and layout of the essay is vital to make the essay effective and achieve its objective. The writer should first organize his or her ideas in the mind and then pen them on a sheet of paper as they come. Then he or she should analyze all the ideas written on the paper and systematically organize them to make the essay flowing to the reader. Cohesiveness is the aim of the reader and to achieve it all ideas should be organized and well planned out before hand. A proactive approach to essay writing is always helpful as it eases the writing of the writer and is comparatively much more effective when compared to an unorganized essay.

  • Write a first draft

The first draft is essentially only an attempt to pen down the ideas thought out in the brainstorming stage. The sentences are coarse and usually not as descriptive as they would be in the final essay. The draft carried the main idea of the message and how it has to be conveyed to the reader. It is a basic outlook of the final essay. The draft gives an idea to the writer about how he or she will be actually writing the final essay. What aspects can be revised to make the essay a much better look and make it much more effective.

  • Revise the first draft

Since the first draft is only a way to determine the strength of the essay, it needs to be revised to make it organized and linked with each of the paragraphs. The main message of the essay should be present in the body of the essay and a summary should be in place in the conclusion. The revised essay will be ready for submission only after proper proof reading has taken place.

  • Proof read the final draft

Proof reading of the final draft is necessary to finally eliminate any errors that have come up due to grammatical or contextual in accuracies. While writing essays the writer is so engrossed in the essay’s main idea that certain errors might get overlooked. The proof reading should be very careful as it is the last stage of the whole process. A review of the context should also be done in order to make the whole essay much more effective while being addressed to the readers.

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