If you think writing an essay is about inventing or getting a topic, and sitting down behind a desk, writing is a great essay by itself, you are wrong. In fact, most “writing” essays are not about writing at all. To write a really good essay, most of the essay making process won’t be the writing itself. Most of the process consists of thorough preparation, consisting of:
Reading multiple sources
Thinking an essay
Step 1 – Reading and studying the topic
Above-average essayists always study resources. And not just recommended reading. They go mainly outside of them. Of course, the recommended resources are an obligation as they give you a foundation, but it’s just the facts and context of other diverse resources that give you a wider range of facts and insights, making your essay more original.
And what else can you read? Here are some ideas for you:
Further work of recommended authors
Work of current and past authors
Works that inspired current and past authors
Criticism and commentary on books
More books on the ideas and historical background in which the writers wrote
Is it a lot of work? Yes, but originality needs to be mined. It is not on the surface. Most are looking for there. Therefore, even most essays look like any other. However, you do not need to read all the resources from first to last. Just choose what you need, or find books with a general overview.
Step no. 2 – Think about the structure and choice of ideas before writing an essay
The clearer the idea you will have before writing the essay, the easier it will be to write. Your mind is working on associations and connecting thoughts. When you already have some in your head, new ones are easier to invent. Therefore, it is difficult to start typing when you have blank paper or a white screen in front of you. But if you already have a pre-warp and some thoughts or questions you want to discuss, it will be much easier.
In this step, just open a new text document and write down the points in the logical order you want to write about them. You can also use mind maps or concept maps that will also be a great help if you are a visual type.
In the introduction, bring the readers into context, prepare the ground with facts and evidence in the core. In conclusion, summarize your statements based on the essence of the essay.
When you have gone through these initial steps, the writing itself comes
Step no. 3 – Writing an essay
If you see, writing good essays itself starts at this point after you have prepared the necessary basics. Study, reading and thinking are mostly omitted when writing an essay, and then it also looks like that. Nothing original, which could be read. In particular, it is important to come up with a good start and use something new instead of expressing means of expression.
A good example to give you an idea of how to do it could be a technique in medias res, that is, when you start in the middle of a story. For example, if you were writing about the First World War, instead of introducing the facts and describing the situation in 1914, you could begin by describing war fights or citing the poetic language of poets who described the horrors of war. Then you could go to the purpose of the essay, for example:… Hard to imagine this all started with…
You can also add interesting details and descriptions as creative writers do. Often, an essay is just a dry appointment of facts and thoughts. For example, if you were writing about a historical character, instead of writing the facts when it was born and where it came from, you would bring the essay to life by describing the event.
You can write: The one who was born in XX YY ZZZZ in the city of A. But you can also write: XX YY ZZZZ. Unimportant date? Not even close. On this day was born a character who 26 years later determined the course of history in dimensions that were unprecedented. Her name is XXXX
Step no. 4 – Editing
Very few authors and writers can write a literary gem for the first time. If they do, it’s an exception. Only consider your first text as the first version. When you write your essay, leave it at least a day. Then return to it with fresh head, read it all over again and think again:
whether the facts you choose are fitting and whether they can be replaced by the better ones
or something is missing
whether something is useless
or general things can be replaced or supplemented more specifically
whether the transitions of thoughts are smooth and follow-up
And since the creative process is incomprehensible and new ideas come at any time, add them to the essay at any time.
Also, you can have someone read your essay before uploading or posting it on your blog to give you your insights for improvement.
Examples and patterns of essays
It is best to learn by example. Especially with written texts. One thing to know is that the text should be interesting, the second thing is to know how to write it. To do this, you need to read a lot so that the examples are engraved into the memory, and based on their pattern, they can create new creative combinations. This is how authors and best essayists work.
In the words of one of the most successful authors of the day, Stephen King: “If you do not have time to read, you have no time (or tools) to write. It’s just that. ”
The best essays of history include:
Michel de Montaine
Ralph Waldo Emerson
On these links you will find a good collection for inspiration on various topics from masters who knew how to write an essay.