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How to Write an Exceptional Essay

Guest Author - Dominique Jordan

Alright, youíre more than likely reading this article because youíre teacher has just assigned an essay assignment! Youíre panicking because youíve never written an essay in your life and you donít know exactly where to begin. Iím here to tell you that it would be good for you to calm down. Even though it might take a lot of work, you really shouldnít panic about these kinds of things. Everyone has to write an essay at one point or another during their time in school. But if youíve ever written an essay before, youíre more than likely aware of the time and energy that goes into creating one. Here are a few rules you should follow when crafting the perfect essay:

1.) Keep away from all distractions! Stay focused! Don't listen to any form of loud music, play video games, or partake in pointless gossip. Your main focus should be to finish your essay. Think of writing youíre essay like being in a conversation with a close friend. You wouldnít want someone to become easily distracted while they were talking to you in mid-sentence, would you? Of course not! That is why it is important to stay focused on the task at hand. Realize that the assignment isnít going to write itself. Only you can start and finish it.

2.) If you have to choose your own topic, choose a topic you care about! Writing about something you love makes a huge difference when constructing your essay. Being passionate about a certain topic will make it easier to write about that particular subject, opening your mind to an endless array of possibilities.

3.) Create an outline! Plan out what you're going to write about in the form of bullets points or numbers. This strategy has always worked for me whenever Iím trying to figure out what to say in an article. By using this simple technique, you are paving the way towards an organized and well-researched form of writing. This process also allows you to organize your thoughts before you actually type them.

4.) Crafting the introduction! Now that Iíve shown you how to outline your essay, Iím going to tell you whatís supposed to go in the essay itself. In order for the essay to stand out, you must have complete organization and structure. Ask yourself, ďWhy should the reader care about what I have to say? What can they learn from it?Ē This is where you should make the reader WANT to keep reading all that you have written. The sole purpose of this opening paragraph is to grab the attention of the reader so that they will become enticed by what you have to say. In this paragraph, make sure you state exactly what youíre going to talk about and when youíre going to talk about. Next, make a thesis statement that truly stands out! This sentence usually should come at the end of the paragraph and it should make the reader want to keep on reading.

5.) Making the Body! Now that you have finished your extraordinarily gripping introduction, itís time to write the body of the essay. The body of an essay is usually composed of three paragraphs with details in each paragraph that support your thesis statement that is in the introduction. For example, if youíre writing about how much you love pizza, one paragraph could describe why you love pizza. The next paragraph could describe why you love different types of pizza, and the third paragraph could describe why you love the taste of pizza. There, of course, are many other topics to write about besides pizza but the point is that you must be sure that your three body paragraphs make sense.

6.) The Conclusion, a.k.a The Big Finish! This is the big ending that sums everything up! While you are writing your conclusion, itís important to know that this paragraph should NOT add any new information at this point. This is simply because any information that you have to say should have been mentioned earlier within the body paragraphs. The point of the conclusion paragraph is to basically re-state your thesis statement. Think of it as saying, ďThis is why IÖĒ or ďThis is whyÖis important to me.Ē

7.) Revise until youíre certain that everything is right! This is one of the most important factors to consider when writing an essay. One of the most beneficial aspects of being a writer is the fact that we have to make constant revisions to whatever we are writing so that itís absolutely perfect. Many teachers take off points for simple errors that you might overlook such as misspellings, improper grammar usage, and other things of that nature. So, it is important to make sure that your paper is absolutely free from any mistakes that you might have made while writing.

In conclusion, just have fun and make wise decisions when planning your essay! Donít panic, donít stress out, and make sure that you have all your information in your essay set up in a way that is appealing to the reader. If you follow these rules, I guarantee that you will receive a passing grade on your next essay!
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