EVERYONE struggles to find just the right words to express topic in essay form. Whether its a personal project or school assignment, essay writing can actually be fun once you learn these tips. Soon you’ll be crafting essays as a master wordsmith!
1. Diagram or Outline Your Idea
Organizing your thoughts is a key element of the essay writing process. This doesn’t need to before formal. You just want to set the structure of your essay up. Structure is important because it is the backbone of your writing project. Here are two examples of a diagram and an outline. I prefer to create diagrams because that is what I am most comfortable with. Microsoft Word has a built-in outline tool that is very useful. Both of these options help you to focus on the main thesis and add arguments and details to support it. Which leads to the next point, the thesis itself.
You can choose to do this before the diagram or outline, but for many, it is the diagram process that helps solidify the thesis. Like its complex cousin, the research paper, once you see what type of information is available, you know where the gaps are in the available information. The thesis relays the topic and point of the essay. For instance, if you want to relate how Santa Clause impacted the world, a possible thesis statement would be, “Belief in Santa Clause fills children around the world with joy and happiness because he makes wishes come true.”
This section explains or provides arguments to support the main idea or thesis of your essay. It is a key element to the success of getting your point across to your audience. Each paragraph is set up the same way, so the process repeats itself in a linear progression towards the end of the essay. Use one of your main ideas as the opening sentence of each paragraph and then write your supporting ideas in sentence format. Use detailed examples to tie the ideas together and provide evidence of support for your thesis. One important thing to remember is to use transitional phrases or words to move smoothly from one point to the next. Here is a great website for transitional phrases. I constantly work on transitional phrases as they used to be a weakness of mine. (I’m better now because of A LOT of practice.)
I realize that this seems like an odd idea, but similar to how you outline your ideas before writing a solid thesis, doing the introduction later allows for clear illumination of what the reader can expect from your essay. This is where you want to get the attention of your reader. Otherwise, they won’t want to read any further. This sets the scene for the reader’s expectations and makes your essay interesting to read. It must tie in with your thesis statement, and that should be the very last sentence of the introductory paragraph.
Closure, at last. This final paragraph should sum up the overall point and ideas of your topic. It should clearly connect your thesis with the arguments and examples throughout the body of your essay. This will reinforce your thesis statement and provide a clear picture of the point that the entire essay is trying to make.
That’s it! If you follow these steps and tips, you’ll find that writing an essay is not so scary! Before long you will be using your verbal judo to create readable works of art.