How to write an essay?
Elizabeth Caroll last edited by Elizabeth Caroll
What is an essay?
Many people assume that the essay is a regular essay. However, it is not.
Essays are a prosaic literary genre. Translated from French means "sketch" or "sketch". The essay reflects the individual experiences of the author, his view on a particular issue. It does not give an exhaustive answer to a specific question, but reflects its own opinion or impression.
When writing an essay, logic, the ability to argue your opinion, and correctly present information is perfectly developed. The presentation style is more conversational.
Characteristic features of the essay
To write an essay correctly, you should take into account the specific features that distinguish*it from other genres.
The main features of an essay:
The presence of a certain narrow topic that contains a problem and encourages the reader to think.
Subjective author's position.
The essay is distinguished precisely by the presence of the author's view of the existing problem, his attitude to the world, speech and thinking.
Conversational writing style.
Complicated formulations, too long sentences should be avoided. It is important to maintain a casual style in order to connect with the reader. At the same time, it is important not to overdo it, turning the essay into a low-quality text full of slang. Short, simple and clear sentences, using different intonation in sentences, will give the correct emotional color to the text.
Detailed analysis of the problem.
Your own point of view must be argued based on factual material.
Relative brevity of presentation.
There is no limit on the number of pages, but the essay is small.
The essay is of the nature of presentation, which does not fit into any specific framework. The construction obeys its own logic, which the author adheres to, trying to consider the problem from different angles.
Logic of presentation.
Despite the free composition, the essay should have internal unity, the consistency of the author's statements expressing his opinion.
Thus, the essay is distinguished by a special style of storytelling, its purpose is to induce the reader to think. The author does not insist on his point of view, but invites the reader to consider and discuss it.
How to start an essay
Tip 1. Before you start writing an essay, you need to formulate an idea, define a goal and find sources of information for work.
Tip 2. Use the freewriting technique (free writing). Its essence is to write down all the thoughts that come to mind, without editing it and without following the grammar, punctuation, style, etc. An excellent way to help cope with a creative crisis and find an extraordinary idea.
Tip 3. It is important not to get hung up on the introductory part. The introduction can be written after the main part has been written. In this case, it is already clear what the essay is about, so the introduction is easier to write.
Tip 4. One of the fairly common options is to write an essay, starting with a question, the answer to which is given later.