how to write an essay

Writing an Essay

Everyone has issues with writing sometimes, especially when it comes to writing essays. Don't stress yourself out trying to figure out how to start your essay! This guide is more for essays that are written about books or stories, but you can alter it to fit any topic!



Things You Will Need

paper
pen/pencil
brain

Step 1

Introduction: "Tell us what you're going to tell us."

In the introduction paragraph of your essay ask yourself, "Why did (author) write this story?" and "What was the author's point?" These things help the reader know a little more about the subject you are writing about. Another question you can ask yourself is "How is (name of book/story) an example of (genre of writing)?" End your introduction with the arguments or examples you are going to discuss. If you make the last sentence a question, bonus points!


Step 2

Paragraph 1

Analyze and discuss your first example (ex: the setting). So, for example, you could ask yourself, "How is the setting the author created (related to genre or writing)?" What examples from the story (or whatever) support your argument, or example, that you are choosing to bring up? Discuss each example and how it is relevant.


Step 3

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Paragraph 2

Analyze and discuss your second argument or example that you mentioned in your introduction. What examples from your research (or the story) support this? Interpret and discuss each example and how it is relevant.



Step 4

Paragraph 3

Analyze and discuss your third argument or example that you mentioned in your introduction. What examples from your research (or the story) support this? Interpret and discuss each example and how it is relevant.

Step 5

Conclusion

Mention everything you brought up again, only mention it better. Talk about your arguments, talk about the purpose the author had for the story or writing. The conclusion is basically a review of what your essay was about. You're refreshing the information in the reader's mind.
So, basically, it isn't hard to write an essay.
Here's a little review: In the introduction, talk about the point of the story, talk about what your essay is going to be about, and mention any examples or arguments that you will bring up. In each of the body paragraphs, bring up one argument/example per paragraph and have examples to support your argument. In the conclusion, summarize what your essay mentioned. The conclusion is just to refresh your essay in the reader's mind. Happy writing!


Tips & Warnings

FYI: I used a story as the topic for the essay, but you can easily insert whatever topic your essay has in each of the questions. This should give you a general idea on what to do.