"I’ll figure that out . . . when I get the time."
"I really don’t know how to start!"
"I really should write my essay!"
This common dilemma is expressed over and over again by many people everywhere. The good news is that anybody can write an essay!
There are three main reasons for essays:
1. To help you to cohesively construct an argument and defend it on paper.
2. To help you develop good written and oral communication skills.
3. To help you to figure out how to find information.
Not knowing how to write properly can make your academic life disorganized, stressful and chaotic. By improving your writing skills, you can confidently and quickly finish assignments and write properly throughout your professional career.
Writing an essay can be very simple when you follow these basic steps: choose a topic, define the scope of your essay, create the outline, write the essay and — proofread, proofread, proofread!
The Essay Topic
The first step in writing an essay is to select a topic (if one has not been assigned). In order to define a topic, you should think about the goal of the essay. Is the purpose of the essay to persuade, educate, or describe a topic — or for something else entirely? It is generally helpful to brainstorm ideas by jotting down favorite subjects or thinking of a topic that may be interesting to you.
o Does your essay make sense?
o Does each sentence flow to the next sentence well?
o Are there any points that can be made stronger or clearer?
o Are there words that are used frequently?
o Are there any run-on sentences or fragments?
The proofreading process sometimes takes longer than the actual writing process, but this is what makes the difference between a concise and well thought out essay, and a bad essay.
When the process of writing an essay is broken into pieces, the process seems more manageable and easier to complete for the beginner. The process consists of thinking about a topic, creating an outline, writing the essay and proofreading the essay. This makes essay writing an interesting learning experience, and helps the writer express his or her thoughts more clearly, concisely and with more validation.