5 Easy Steps for Essay Writing
Throughout your life at college, you will always come across a professor who likes to give out topics for
essay writing. This can’t be helped except do the assignment yourself and hope to impress the professor
with your writing prowess. However, writing an essay is not a simple feat. In fact, when you think about
it, your essay grade could make or break your academic career.
Essays may seem to be just an assignment to some. However, essay writing is more than just that. It is a
great tool that every person should learn how to use correctly. An essay is an avenue where you can
conveniently have your voice heard by an important audience. More than just making it as a
requirement, you can use it to impress another person, like your teacher, and show him how wonderful
your mind is. Use it as communication tool to which you can freely express whatever you felt towards a
certain idea. Nobody can steal your thoughts nor influence your ideas towards something. Writing an
essay is the best way to showcase your knowledge and make other people see how interesting you are
as a person.
Learning how to write the perfect essays may seem tough. This is true but not if you know the basic
steps for essay writing. Having a guide on how to do them right will somehow ease you out of such a
dilemma. Mastering just six easy steps will make you write like a pro and having commendable essays
will be very achievable.
1. Determine the context of the essay. This basically means to identify the heart of the essay. One
way to ace this task is by determining parameters for the topic. You can start by deciding who
the audience should be, will it just be the teacher or will it be directed towards a specific
populace like the children, perhaps?
Another parameter to define is the format of the essay. You should know the rules set by the
teacher and follow them to get the best grade. Usually, the professor will provide you the topic
but it is your job to pinpoint the focus of your essay. If in case you will be given the freedom to
write for your choice of topic, make sure to have one that you are passionate about. Choose a
topic that fires you up, so to speak. If you have a topic which you are so passionate about, doing
the rest of the essay will be a breeze. You will not have difficult time learning about the nature of
the topic nor have a hard time composing your sentences. This will give you a lot of advantages
especially when you are still at odds on what to write about.
Another key to having the best topics for any essay is by determining which side of the argument
you will most likely go to. Do you want to stay on the safe zone and write positively for a topic
that you like? Or are you the kind of person who wants to challenge a certain idea? Whichever
side you are on, what is most important is that it will propel you into forming solid ideas that will
define the context of your essay.
2. Research about the topic. Essay writing is not all about giving your take on the matter. Well, you
have to give your idea about it but you have to base it around truths from credible sources.
Never mind if some of the facts will disprove your claim. A perfect essay includes both
contrasting ideas about the topic and it is your job to give your point of view on them. Collect as
much fact as you can. Determine whether those facts are coming from either a primary or a
secondary source. It is important to do this as most readers would want to read about a factual
essay which contains credible information. It is such a waste of time to have an essay that does
not live up to the expectations of the reader.
Aside from having primary sources for your research, you can also read previous essays about
the topic. Do this as if you are going to grade the essay like your professor. You can point out
both the best arguments and the flaws of the essay. Determine the strong and weak points. This
is a good way to have more information about your topic. It will also encourage you to make a
better essay. If the essay is impeccably written, you can take it as a challenge and motivate you
to write more than what was written.
For the sources, do not forget to read about the correct way of citing them. Keep notes of the
details about the sources of information for the citation. Having details of the origin of the
information you used in your essay will give it more than an ounce of credibility. It will really help
make your essay such an enlightening read, as the reader is comforted with the idea that you are
not making up any of the things you wrote but is rather backed up with a thorough and sincere
3. Create an outline. Once you have your set of information about the topic, start making an
outline for your essay. Consider it as your road map or your guide to where your essay is going. It
should follow an organized set of thoughts that will eliminate the clutter. List out arguments that
are closest to the topic. Write down the different points that support those arguments. Decide
what to include in the introduction, the body, and in your conclusion. It will be very easy to write
down each paragraph once you have organized everything. Even if you have all the information
laid out, continue to brainstorm for more ideas, you will be surprised at how much you can come
up with after reading and re- reading your outline.
Essays, especially the long ones, tend to leave you confused on what to write and which ones on
your notes to include. Creating an outline is the best tool to separate the great ideas from the
less impressive ones. Of course it does not mean you have to leave that information out just
because they are not that valuable. Remember that you made a research about it and you came
up with those ideas because, somehow, they also made the whole idea plausible. An outline is a
means to determine the weight of each information so you can easily decide later on the order
of which they are placed on your essay.
4. Write a compelling introduction. The first paragraph should make the readers interested and
want to read more. State your main idea or introduce the thesis statement. The first few
sentences should assert your side of the argument and should encourage the reader into reading
more so that they will know how you are able to prove your point.
One perfect way to catch your reader’s attention in the introduction is by presenting a
challenging thesis statement. Keep it short but very specific. It should be able to create a general
idea at once. A strong thesis statement should somehow show the controversial nature of the
topic. It should set the tone for the essay. The statement should also make the audience ask
themselves about it and that is how you are able to rouse their interest.
Provide an interesting body for the essay. The body is where you are going to discuss the
argument. Basically, the body is the essay’s playground. You can play around the topic using your
ideas. This is where you can reveal information that you are willing to share. Go back to your
outline and use your notes to create a very informative set of ideas. You can do this by giving out
details especially those small but very important ones. You can start by having a big information
then work around it by providing key points that would support the main idea. The readers will
find it very interesting to learn about valuable facts and will prompt them to continue reading for
more. With each fact you present, make a statement about it. Share your thoughts on that point
before moving on to another fact. This is why you need to do as much research as you can; you
need to have a lot of juice for the content of the body.
As much as you would like to share a lot of information, you also need to stick to the limits. If
your teacher asked for a two page essay, give him that. Generally, the length of the body
depends on how much information you have. If you have too many ideas but is limited on the
number of pages, take out your outline and highlight those very important ones that really
struck you most. The audience should enjoy reading through the body.
5. Finally, make a graceful exit. Present your conclusion in such a way that you are able to close the
arguments properly. You should not leave the audience hanging for information. Never leave
them guessing on which side you are really on. You should be able to present a clear and
compelling idea which would show your conviction on the argument that you support. The
conclusion should uphold to the main idea you presented on the introduction. You can briefly
discuss the key points on the body that really made an impact to you. Those are the points that
you can use to support why you came up with such statements. The conclusion should serve as a
short summary of everything you wrote in the introduction and the body. You should aim to
make the last few sentences memorable and create a favorable impression to the reader. Even if
you are the one who is concluding the essay, it should also make the reader come up with his
own logical conclusion based on the information he read on your essay. That is how you make an
impression to the reader and it will help make you become pretty hard to forget.
Writing essays is a task you really cannot escape from. Generally, all graduates of any reputable
institution has been asked to write an essay at least once in his academic career. An essay is one way for
a teacher to gauge how much a student has learned in his class. Aside from that, an essay can define the
kind of personality that a person has.
When you are going to write an essay, remember that you reveal more than just your opinions for a
certain matter. The manner that you write your essays will give the reader an idea about who you are as
a person. Say for example you are writing an essay for a topic that you strongly opposed to. A person
who has a bad personality tends to give a biased set of information just to support the argument that he
sides upon. A better person, however, have the head to write it in such a way that he is able to present
both sides of the story. He researches about the topic, provide the result of his research and give his
insights about it. If he is still against the context of the topic, he writes about it with passion but without
rage. He does this by basing his arguments on the facts that he gathered.
It is your decision, therefore, to make your essays speak for your personality. Each chance you get when
you are asked to write an essay should serve as a challenge for you to reveal a sensible part of you.
Never write an essay just because you are asked to. Make it your business to consider each essay task a
challenge, an avenue where you can air out your thoughts and convince your reader that your opinions
matter and are worth reading.