Steps to write an essay

Whether you are a student or an author, writing an essay means organizing your thoughts on paper. Here’s how.

Choose your theme
When assigned to an essay, a student often receives a grade, question, or subject. An author often begins with a selection of meaning; Something seen, heard and experienced. The first step in writing an essay is to choose your topic. Make your note. What are you trying to say? To who? For what purpose? How?

The structure of each trial is a triangle. Its three legs are: the writer, the reader and the theme. Decide if you are going to write from the point of view of the first or third person (“I” or “them”). Act as if your reader were in front of you, imagine telling what the note means.

Now program five minutes in timer. Quickly write down all ideas, images or data on the note. Reacts to every word or main thought. Imagine the reader asking for each word or thought. Once the five minutes have passed, write down the topic: what your essay is about and what you are promising to show your reader.

Structure your essay
Some authors make sketches, others diagram their thoughts and some take scissors, cut the page of the note and stick the pieces in an image. Choose whichever you find attractive. The purpose of this step is to sort out all your ideas into themes (main ideas) and subtopics.

Group your ideas: A typical SAT essay requires groups of 3 to 5 ideas, each with a main topic, and 2 or 3 subtopics.

Establish the “story” of your essay: What aspects do you want your reader to understand and in what order?

Is your essay a discussion, a list of points or a story? Are you going to include explanations or definitions? Is it in first person? Are you going to include feelings, details of meaning, dialogue or personal impressions?

Now balance the amount of space and time (words) that you spend on each topic and sub-theme. There are about 200-300 words on a typical double-spaced page. How long will the essay last? How long will it take for the reader to “capture” each main point?

Write your thesis

Imagine the reader in front of you. Now tell him what you are trying to expose in your essay, in a single sentence. This sentence, written with a specific reader in mind, is your thesis. If you are boring the reader too much, spend some time discovering what is interesting about your thesis, or invent something new.

Write the “body” of the essay
Using your diagram or diagram, write down each main idea in a “sentence with the subject”, a sentence that introduces or summarizes the topic of the section. Use a language that your reader enjoys and stick to the thesis.

Once you are satisfied with the “story”, write subtopics and details. If you get stuck, imagine the reader is asking a question about the story, like “What’s next?” Or a sense question: “How does that look?”

Conclusion and introduction
The conclusion follows directly from the test body. There is no formula for achieving something perfect. You may wish to re-expose the main points with all the added strength your argument has gained, or you may wish to react to the thesis as a whole. This is your closing argument for the reader and your farewell, to make it stronger.

Once this is done, the introduction writing is quite simple. If you wish you can outline the thesis or tell an anecdote that presents the theme while entertaining the reader.

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