At some point or another, you will be required to write an essay. It is just one of those things you have to master if you want to do well in school. There may be a great writer within you and practicing with your essay writing skills is a great place to start. There is more to an essay than just words on paper though. Don’t think it is over complicated because it’s merely a few steps you have to follow.

Introduction

This is the part where you need to hook the reader while communicating your thesis and findings. Of course, it is the most important section of your essay because people will formulate their own opinion after the first paragraph. You cannot just state your findings without making sure you get the reader’s undivided attention. This is also a great way to show off your intellect and knowledge by providing powerful statements that you will prove throughout the essay. Now the reader is going to want to get to the end to see if you can really back up what you initially stated as fact.

When you state your thesis, be direct about it and do not leave any doubt in the mind of the reader. Also, make sure you’re your thesis statement is summed up in one sentence. The purpose of the essay is to explain your thesis. You do not have to do all of that in the introduction. The end of your introduction is just as important because you have to find a way of seamlessly converting their minds to the first paragraph. Your introduction does not have to be more than four sentences and if you find that is much longer use a paragraph re-word tool to help you.


Middle / Body

The middle or the body of the essay is where you will be writing the most facts. This is where you need to back up your thesis and explain to the reader why you believe that what you are saying is accurate. I suggest you start with your strongest argument to gain credibility with your readers. You can convince the reader in the first sentence of your body if you go about it the smart way. Give as many details as you can. Always keep in the back of your mind that every reader disagrees with you and it is your responsibility to convince them otherwise.

If you use examples in your essay, show the reader why these support your thesis. You cannot randomly add a ton of facts to your essay without taking each fact and giving explaining why it ties in with your thesis. Giving each fact the attention it deserves, shows that you thought about which facts to include. There needs to be a flow to your writing, and each paragraph needs to end in a way that makes the transition to the other easy for the reader. You can also re-word essay sections that do not feel natural. There will be a lot of time to proofread and edit when you are done.

Conclusion

Just because you’ve said most of what needed to be said when you reach your conclusion, it should still be viewed as an important part of your essay. This is where you sum up everything and give the reader something to remember when all is said and done. Think about it as an extension of your introduction. Bring the reader’s memory back to the hook you used in your introduction to remind them of what you used to get them interested in reading your entire essay.

When you read a good book, you continue to read because you want to see how the story ends. There are those stories which have good endings, and then there are some with disappointing endings. You want your conclusion to be the happy ending to your essay. Your essay is a journey of discovery for the person reading, and it is important to guide the reader through the story with easy transitions and proven facts. The last sentence of your essay should be a ‘call to action’ to allow for further discussion. This allows your essay to continue even after your last written word.

Sophia Middleton

Sophia Middleton is a content-writer. She is crazy about traveling and cooking. Her dream is to write and publish a recipe book. Sophia’s life motto is “Success consists of doing the common things of life uncommonly well.”

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