Essay Writing Guide
There are a good number of people who do not enjoy writing essays. While there is not really any a cure for this, there are a number of guidelines you can follow to make this task easier and less painful. The information which follows is designed to serve as an essay writing guide that is basic but useful.
The majority of those faced with the task of writing an essay are students. Most of the time, the subject of the essay has been provided for them by the teacher. If you are in a situation in which it is necessary for you to choose a topic, the tried and true rule of thumb in this area is to write about what you know. This will eliminate the need to do much research, if any. and it may also help quite a bit to keep you from feeling frustrated.
If you have decided to write about a relatively unknown topic, it will be necessary to learn at least a certain amount of information before doing the actual writing. If you have a computer and Internet access, this is a great place to get a lot of information on a very wide range of subjects very quickly, just by using a “search engine” and the appropriate keywords.
Once a topic and been chosen and any necessary research has been done, it is a good idea to create some type of outline. You can certainly use the format of a standard outline, but this is definitely not absolutely needed. The main idea is to provide yourself with an opportunity to jot down your key points in some sort of order before you begin to write. This will help you to include everything which you have decided is important and it will also give your ideas a bit of organization. You can edit your outline if you happen to find more relevant information or come up with additional good ideas.
The next thing to do is to create an opening statement. This will be a brief explanation of your subject. This needs to be followed with a short description of what you will say about this topic.
After this, you will get into writing the body of your essay. The basic rule for this portion of your writing is to have at least one paragraph for each of the main points of your essay. The first sentence of each of these paragraphs is where you will state each individual main point. You will then elaborate on the point in the sentences that follow. Additional paragraphs can be added to the main paragraph for stating and then elaborating on sub-points.
Once you have completed the body, it is time to write a conclusion. This is essentially a summary of what you have written in the body. You will want to make it strong in order to validate your ideas and also because it is the last thing your readers will see.
When you have completed your writing, it is a very good idea to read it over and do any necessary editing in order to make sure that it flows and moves the reader along in a way that makes the essay easy for him or her to read. You will also want to check for and correct any errors in spelling and grammar.