Writing an essay always seems like some huge, daunting task, doesn’t it? It’s easy to get so anxious about it that sitting down and writing the essay is nearly impossible. But if you break the process down into smaller pieces, writing an essay is actually quite doable.
The most important part of writing the essay is the first step—figuring out what you want to say. Usually your topic will be an opinion you have, and you should be prepared to support your reasons for holding this opinion in the body of your essay.
Once you’ve got a solid grasp on just what it is you want to get across in your essay, you have to figure out how it is you’re going to get your point across. If you’re making a strong argument in your essay, make sure to be thorough in your research, and back up your statements with clear examples.
In a personal essay in which you tell a story, you still need to think about the point you are trying to make. Why is this story interesting?
It might be about the first time you rode a bike, but can it also be about something bigger–like fear, courage, or the tenacity of the human will? If you can’t figure out why your story is interesting, it probably isn’t. Fix it!
Finally, the last step in writing the essay is actually writing it. Don’t let your critical side choke your creativity!
Start by thinking about your topic and writing down any thought that comes to mind. Pretend that you’re having a long, rambling talk with someone who is very difficult to convince.
When you have written down all your thoughts you should start to form them into an argument (making an outline is very helpful here.)
Once you have your developed outline for writing the essay, just revise it until it makes its point efficiently and artfully. And don’t forget to have fun!
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