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Essay writing
An essay is generally a short piece of writing outlining the writer’s perspective or story. It is
often considered synonymous with a story or a paper or an article. Essays can be formal as well
as informal. Formal essays are generally academic in nature and tackle serious topics. We will
be focusing on informal essays which are more personal and often have humorous elements.
Format of an Essay
Now there is no rigid format of an essay. It is a creative process so it should not be confined
within boundaries. However, there is a basic structure that is generally followed while writing
essays. So let us take a look at the general structure of an essay.
Introduction
This is the first paragraph of your essay. This is where the writer introduces his topic for the
very first time. You can give a very brief synopsis of your essay in the introductory paragraph.
Some paragraph writing skills can be a help here. Generally, it is not very long, about 4-6 lines.
There is plenty of scopes to get creative in the introduction of essays. This will ensure that you
hook the reader, i.e. draw and keep his attention. So to do so you can start with a quote or a
proverb. Sometimes you can even start with a definition. Another interesting strategy to
engage with your reader is to start with a question.
Body
This is the main crux of your essays. The body is the meat of your essay sandwiched between
the introduction and the conclusion. So the most vital and important content of the essay will
be here. This need not be confined to one paragraph. It can extend to two or more paragraphs
according to the content.
Usually, we have a lot of information to provide in the body. And the mistakes writers generally
make is to go about it in a haphazard manner which leaves the reader confused. So it is
important to organize your thoughts and content. Write the information in a systematic flow so
that the reader can comprehend.
Conclusion
This is the last paragraph of the essay. Sometimes a conclusion will just mirror the introductory
paragraph but make sure the words and syntax are different. A conclusion is also a great place
to sum up a story or an argument. You can round up your essay by providing some moral or
wrapping up a story. Make sure you complete your essays with the conclusion, leave no
hanging threads.
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Tips for Essay Writing
Give your essays an interesting and appropriate title. It will help draw the attention of
the reader and pique their curiosity
Keep it between 300-500 words. This is the ideal length, you can take creative license to
increase or decrease it
Keep your language simple and crisp. Unnecessary complicated and difficult words
break the flow of the sentence.
Do not make grammar mistakes, use correct punctuation and spellings. If this is not
done it will distract the reader from the content
Before beginning the essay organize your thought and plot a rough draft. This way you
can ensure the story will flow and not be an unorganized.
1. Choose the Type of Essay
The first step to writing an essay is to define what type of essay you are writing. There are four
main categories into which essays can be grouped:
Narrative Essay: Tell a story or impart information about your subject in a
straightforward, orderly manner, like in a story.
Persuasive Essay: Convince the reader about some point of view.
Expository Essay: Explain to the reader how to do a given process. You could, for
example, write an expository essay with step-by-step instructions on how to make a peanut
butter sandwich.
Descriptive Essay: Focus on the details of what is going on. For example, if you want to
write a descriptive essay about your trip to the park, you would give great detail about what
you experienced: how the grass felt beneath your feet, what the park benches looked like, and
anything else the reader would need to feel as if he were there.
Knowing what kind of essay you are trying to write can help you decide on a topic and structure
your essay in the best way possible. Here are a few other types of essays:
Argumentative Essay: Take a position on a controversial issue and present evidence in
favor of your position.
Compare and Contrast Essay: Identify similarities and differences between two subjects
that are, typically, under the same umbrella.
Problem Solution Essay: Describe a problem, convince the reader to care about the
problem, propose a solution, and be prepared to dismantle objections.
If you've been assigned an argumentative essay, check out these Top 10 Argumentative Essay
Topics.
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2. Brainstorm
You cannot write an essay unless you have an idea of what to write about. Brainstorming is the
process in which you come up with the essay topic. You need to simply sit and think of ideas
during this phase.
Write down everything that comes to mind as you can always narrow those topics down
later.
Use clustering or mind mapping to brainstorm and come up with an essay idea. This
involves writing your topic or idea in the center of the paper and creating bubbles (clouds or
clusters) of related ideas around it.
Brainstorming can be a great way to develop a topic more deeply and to recognize
connections between various facets of your topic.
Once you have a list of possible topics, it's time to choose the best one that will answer the
question posed for your essay. You want to choose a topic that is neither too broad nor too
narrow.
If you are given an assignment to write a one-page essay, it would be far too much to write
about "the history of the US," since that could fill entire volumes of books. Instead, you could
write about a specific event within the history of the United States: perhaps signing the
Declaration of Independence or when Columbus discovered the Americas.
Choose the best topic idea from among your list and begin moving forward on writing your
essay. But, before you move forward, take heed of these topics to avoid.
3 .Research the Topic
Once you have done your brainstorming and chosen your topic, you may need to do some
research to write a good essay. Go to the library or search online for information about your
topic. Interview people who might be experts in the subject.
Keep your research organized so it will be easy for you to refer back to. This will also make it
easier to cite your sources when writing your final essay.

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Essay writing An essay is generally a short piece of writing outlining the writer’s perspective or story. It is often considered synonymous with a story or a paper or an article. Essays can be formal as well as informal. Formal essays are generally academic in nature and tackle serious topics. We will be focusing on informal essays which are more personal and often have humorous elements. Format of an Essay Now there is no rigid format of an essay. It is a creative process so it should not be confined within boundaries. However, there is a basic structure that is generally followed while writing essays. So let us take a look at the general structure of an essay. Introduction This is the first paragraph of your essay. This is where the writer introduces his topic for the very first time. You can give a very brief synopsis of your essay in the introductory paragraph. Some paragraph writing skills can be a help here. Generally, it is not very long, about 4-6 lines. There is plenty of scopes to get creative in the introduction of essays. This will ensure that you hook the reader, i.e. draw and keep his attention. So to do so you can start with a quote or a proverb. Sometimes you can even start with a definition. Another interesting strategy to engage with your reader is to start with a question. Body This is the main crux of your essays. The body is the meat of your essay sandwiched between the introduction and the conclusion. So the most vital and important content of the essay will be here. This need not be confined to one paragraph. It can extend to two or more paragraphs according to the content. Usually, we have a lot of information to provide in the body. And the mistakes writers generally make is to go about it in a haphazard manner which leaves the reader confused. So it is important to organize your thoughts and content. Write the information in a systematic flow so that the reader can comprehend. Conclusion This is the last paragraph of the essay. Sometimes a conclusion will just mirror the introductory paragraph but make sure the words and syntax are different. A conclusion is also a great place to sum up a story or an argument. You can round up your essay by providing some moral or wrapping up a story. Make sure you complete your essays with the conclusion, leave no hanging threads. Tips for Essay Writing ➢ Give your essays an interesting and appropriate title. It will help draw the attention of the reader and pique their curiosity ➢ Keep it between 300-500 words. This is the ideal length, you can take creative license to increase or decrease it ➢ Keep your language simple and crisp. Unnecessary complicated and difficult words break the flow of the sentence. ➢ Do not make grammar mistakes, use correct punctuation and spellings. If this is not done it will distract the reader from the content ➢ Before beginning the essay organize your thought and plot a rough draft. This way you can ensure the story will flow and not be an unorganized. 1. Choose the Type of Essay The first step to writing an essay is to define what type of essay you are writing. There are four main categories into which essays can be grouped: • Narrative Essay: Tell a story or impart information about your subject in a straightforward, orderly manner, like in a story. • Persuasive Essay: Convince the reader about some point of view. • Expository Essay: Explain to the reader how to do a given process. You could, for example, write an expository essay with step-by-step instructions on how to make a peanut butter sandwich. • Descriptive Essay: Focus on the details of what is going on. For example, if you want to write a descriptive essay about your trip to the park, you would give great detail about what you experienced: how the grass felt beneath your feet, what the park benches looked like, and anything else the reader would need to feel as if he were there. Knowing what kind of essay you are trying to write can help you decide on a topic and structure your essay in the best way possible. Here are a few other types of essays: • Argumentative Essay: Take a position on a controversial issue and present evidence in favor of your position. • Compare and Contrast Essay: Identify similarities and differences between two subjects that are, typically, under the same umbrella. • Problem Solution Essay: Describe a problem, convince the reader to care about the problem, propose a solution, and be prepared to dismantle objections. If you've been assigned an argumentative essay, check out these Top 10 Argumentative Essay Topics. 2. Brainstorm You cannot write an essay unless you have an idea of what to write about. Brainstorming is the process in which you come up with the essay topic. You need to simply sit and think of ideas during this phase. • Write down everything that comes to mind as you can always narrow those topics down later. • Use clustering or mind mapping to brainstorm and come up with an essay idea. This involves writing your topic or idea in the center of the paper and creating bubbles (clouds or clusters) of related ideas around it. • Brainstorming can be a great way to develop a topic more deeply and to recognize connections between various facets of your topic. Once you have a list of possible topics, it's time to choose the best one that will answer the question posed for your essay. You want to choose a topic that is neither too broad nor too narrow. If you are given an assignment to write a one-page essay, it would be far too much to write about "the history of the US," since that could fill entire volumes of books. Instead, you could write about a specific event within the history of the United States: perhaps signing the Declaration of Independence or when Columbus discovered the Americas. Choose the best topic idea from among your list and begin moving forward on writing your essay. But, before you move forward, take heed of these topics to avoid. 3 .Research the Topic Once you have done your brainstorming and chosen your topic, you may need to do some research to write a good essay. Go to the library or search online for information about your topic. Interview people who might be experts in the subject. Keep your research organized so it will be easy for you to refer back to. This will also make it easier to cite your sources when writing your final essay. Name: Description: ...
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