Imagine being able to write a good essay or report within minutes without suffering from writer’s block!
Despite technological advancement and the use of audio and video there are still many situations where you have to write – especially if you are in school where you are assigned a lot of essays.
Many people freeze up and get frustrated as soon as they sit down to write. It does not have to be that way and this article will explain how easy it is!
Essays need to be interesting and informative as well as have a certain structure. If your essay is badly structured, it doesn’t matter how good your content may be. Nobody will want to read it.
Writing is easy! It could be said that it is just another form of speaking. You could also say that speaking is a form of writing.
So, it is really simple. Write as you speak!
It is best if you use fairly short sentences – 15 words or so – and not many long and complicated words unless it is necessary, due to the subject. A paragraph should not be too long either – around five sentences is good.
You help the reader a lot by putting in white space between the paragraphs. It makes it much easier to read.
Before starting to write, you should sit down with a pen and paper and start planning your essay. You must start by reading the assignment very carefully and be certain you really understand what you are to write about.
There are five sections in an essay as follows:
In the outline you start out with three or more ideas and then elaborate them. It is a good way to structure your essay.
Your introduction is very important! This is where you catch the reader’s interest and make them want to read your essay to the end. You also introduce the topic and tell the readers what the essay is about.
This is the central and most important part of your essay. You are stating your point here.
In this part you go into details to explain your point and your reasons for it. With your words, you will show the readers what is important and essential. Here you should use strong verbs and the present tense.
In the conclusion, you sum up your points of view and underline the most essential things you have been discussing in your essay. Usually three to five sentences are enough.
There you have the structure! Now you just have to fill in the content.
Some people have a problem remembering the components of a good essay. For those people, educational software is available which will prompt them through the whole process.
As with any skill – practice makes the master!
It is best that you write for short periods of time – 10 to 20 minutes or so. If you write longer, you will probably start criticizing yourself. If it is possible take a break, do something completely different, and start over after a while.
It is important to just write and not start editing. This can get you stuck. Let the editing be the last thing you do.
Allow yourself to create a “sloppy copy.” You should revise and proofread it after you’ve gotten the main discussion on the screen or paper.
Sometimes I have found it difficult to start with the introduction and get it right from the beginning. I usually write something, then go on to work on the body and then go back to the outline, introduction and thesis, and make any necessary changes. It is a personal matter and you will hear other writers say something else. The important thing is to keep writing!
Finally, it is good to “back track” yourself. Read the conclusion first and then move upwards to the beginning to make sure everything holds together and make sense.
Writing professional essays is a matter of taking one-step at a time and not allowing yourself to become overwhelmed with the project.