An essay is a literary or literary-scientific form that combines journalistic, scientific or artistic elements. It presents the author’s point of view. The essay is not intended to comprehensively address the problem, it presents the author’s opinion on a topic. Often, drawing final conclusions is left to the reader who is to take his own position on a particular matter. How to write an essay?
Preparation for writing an essay
When we create a story, the story itself should be interesting. Interesting hero, captivating events and the story ended with a point. However, when we create an essay, history is not the most important thing. The most important is what we want to convey to our readers, our emotions, thoughts and reflections. Therefore, the essay is seemingly simple – after all, we can write about anything, but in reality it is a very difficult form to write.
- Analyze the topic – make sure you understand the topic and question you were asked. Define your position;
- Collect material – read the literature on the topic, review the press, video materials, interviews, etc. Talking with people dealing with the topic may be inspiring;
- Take notes – take notes on a regular basis, record your observations. Your first response to a given material may be the most interesting;
- Plan your essay – try to answer the question and arrange it into points. Check if the answer is exhaustive and whether you are moving away from the topic. Sort out theses, arguments and examples;
- Start writing – write the introduction, present the next arguments in a logical order, support the collected materials (refer to literature, research, etc.), draw conclusions and refer critically to the problem you were considering
The layout of the essay
- Introduction – introducing the reader to the topic, information about the author’s view;
- Body – considering the author on a given topic, using references to various works, quotes, etc .;
- Conclusion – a summary of the main theses of the essay, conclusions, highlighting one’s own position in a given matter.
The essay should be subjective and reflective, but it should not be a chaotic stream of words thrown out by the author. An essay is a form in which the author can show the artistry of his writing. Maybe, when presenting your own feelings or reflections, reach for sophisticated stylistic measures – metaphors, digressions, and flashbacks.
Practical writing tips
- use the multitude and variety of stylistic clues and rhetorical figures.
- be unconventional, in the associations, the choice of material used, as well as the subject of the text;
- keep your brevity and clarity in thinking, and hence in writing
- think through the structure of the essay, loose composition of the text not only does not relieve intellectual discipline, but even requires it in particular;
- do not use calculations
- avoid auto-thematic phrases such as “at the beginning”, “at the end”, “now I will go to …”, “then I will discuss …;