Essay writing has been around for a long time now, and due to the structure and discipline required in writing them, they have been a requirement for various disciplines; for instance, University selection. Essays are not always formal since one can just write one to express one’s opinion, views, ideas, or just stories. It depends on the perspective you approach them. Most University/College students may completely disagree, but essays can be fun to write. When you love doing something, or when you are particularly good at doing something, you’ll find it easy to do, even when others are not fond of it or find it painful and difficult to do.
Here, I want to focus on the aspect of being good at doing something because not everyone likes to write, and you don’t necessarily have to love doing something to be good at doing it. Some people are just good at doing some things – like following instructions – and therefore, end up being good at doing them, despite the fact that it may not be something they look forward to doing every single day. There are a few things you can do to make your essays so easy to write that they’ll basically be writing themselves. (source: le.ac.uk)
What’s Your Point?
Thesis this, thesis that. Many people get stuck on writing the thesis. In fact, most people will tell you that once you’ve gotten your thesis statement, your essay is essentially 80% done (according to essayforsale.net). That’s not necessarily true, but in a way it makes sense. The key to being successful in anything in life is determining your goal. Once you’ve determined your goal, objective, or where you want to go, the rest of the things will somehow magically present themselves. That’s why there are those who may think that once you figure out your thesis statement, it’s like 80% of your essay is done. If the thesis statement is that crucial, then let’s see how to figure it out.
The thesis statement doesn’t come from the ether. Composing one starts from the topic, question, or theory you want to talk about. There is that idea you want to share with the world. It may be something from your assignment from school or just something that came to mind while you were pondering about stuff. Its source doesn’t really matter; what matters is that it’s there. I’m saying that that’s where the thesis statement comes from but I’m not saying that it’ll just come. If the idea you’re dealing with is something you’re passionate about, it may be easy to get a thesis statement right off the bat. Nonetheless, the same will not be true if the idea you’re dealing with is vague, or something you’re not so sure about. In such instances, you’ll find that gathering more information about the topic, or idea you’re dealing with will help in coming up with a solid thesis statement. And there are also times when you’ll even have to write a preliminary draft of your idea, concept, question, or theory, for you to get a bearing on what exactly is the point.
A solid thesis statement will contain two significant parts; the first part indicating the topic of discussion, and the second declaring the point of the essay. For instance,
“This article (the topic of discussion) discusses essays that write themselves (the point of the essay)”.
There’s a lot that goes into developing an effective thesis statement. The foregoing paragraph only shows you how to generate one. Do more research and you’ll find entire resources dedicated to coming up with good thesis statements.
Once you’ve figured out the thesis statement, essay writing becomes a simple and natural process. There are a couple of points you’d like to express regarding the topic of your essay, these go into the body of the essay. Don’t just start writing yet. Jot down those ideas on paper. You can nest minor points right after the main points where relevant. After you have the main points down, now try to organize them from the most important to the least important, if they seem disoriented to you. Once your points seem presentable to you, it’s time for you to get busy and start spewing ideas on paper, or screen, based on the main points.
A solid conclusion of your essay revisits the thesis statement; you may paraphrase it if necessary. This can then be followed by a summary of the main points expressed within the body of the essay. That’s it.
This is essentially the main structure and process of writing almost any essay. Consider these points whenever you’re writing an essay, and you’ll get it right. Do this at least seven times, and chances are that it’ll become a natural process for you, and the essays will essentially be writing themselves.
Academic essays have no shortcut. Brainstorming is essentially good for thinking of some ideas, but it’s always best to do some real research based on previous findings and publications (according to internationalstudent.com). The more credible your essay is, the higher the chances are that you’ll get significant credit – if credit is valuable. However, if you’re just writing to express yourself, feel free to do whatever feels right to you. Just ensure that your work makes sense, otherwise, there would be no point in posting or publishing your work when no one can tolerate it even before finding out what it is about.