8 tips to write a good essay

8 tips to write a good essay

Essays are literary pieces of information which clearly convey the opinions and emotions of the author. They consist of number of elements like observations, criticism, opinions, political scenarios and recollections from the past. Newspapers and magazines are the repositories of essays where one can find different descriptions and narrations of different people from different parts of the world.

Essay writing is in fact made a part of our academics where it is agreed and understood to be a great tool in improving the writing skills of the students. Essay writing also bears a predominant weightage in all the competitive examinations that help in understanding the level intellectual capabilities, knowledge on various aspects, thought process and attitude of the applicants.

Essays are classified into expository, persuasive, analytical and argumentative types.

Expository type - is explaining an issue or idea to the readers and is a personal opinion of the writer on the event.

Persuasive type - is the one in which the readers are convinced to adopt the writer’s point of view.

Analytical type - is where the writer analyses and examines the causes and impacts of a particular incident or event.

Argumentative type - is where the writer proves that his\her opinion is appropriate than what others say.

Here are some key aspects that the writer should observe while writing an essay.

1. Understand the topic

The foremost responsibility of a writer is to understand the topic and then brainstorm on what all facts that strike to his \ her mind pertaining to the topic. Then plan on the systematic flow of thoughts that need to be presented. Avoid the temptation to jump on writing as soon as you see the topic. A little planning here would get you a better output.

2. Decide on the style one wants to adopt

It is the writer’s choice on what style he \ she want to adopt for the given topic. But one very important aspect that the writer should remember is that the chosen style has to adopted throughout the essay. Fluctuations from one style to the other do impress upon the readers and leads to a confusion in understanding the writer’s opinion.

3. Maintain the flow of the sub-topics.

Put the random ideas as they flow in the brain and the arranging them into a logical and sequential order is very important.

4. Provide supportive facts & figures.

One thing is that it is human nature to seek reasons and logic behind any aspect. Hence the writer should provide all the supportive facts and figures appropriately which can help the readers understand the opinion better.

5. Be concise and focused

Moving away from the topic is something that happens often when the writer tries to write more on the topic. Unless specified on the size of the essay, the writer should be concise on what he \ she wants to convey to the readers.

6. Use good language

The essay should reflect the writers command on the language. Use of appropriate and simple words impress on the readers and makes it easy for them to understand the message of the writer.

7. Concluding is important

This is very important part of an essay and carries equal weight as introduction does. Conclusion should summarize the topic and it has to strike on the ultimate message of the entire essay.

8. Mistakes cost dearly - Always proof read
The writer should do a final proof reading to correct any grammatical or spelling errors in the essay. Especially in competitive examinations even small mistakes do matter a lot.

To conclude, writing is a skill and can be improved on a continuous basis and as rightly said by Stephen King “Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s mind.
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