Depending on what stage of school you’re currently in, it’s more than likely that you’ve had to write an essay on something at some stage in your life. I’m also sure that you’ve been told countless times how to write, structure and articulate them. But some things bear repeating. So here I am, repeating them and hoping that someone finds them useful. Enjoy 😀
While a great deal of people can talk for days without having any knowledge on a subject, they cannot do so if they do not have an opinion on anything. Read up on your topic. Look for opinionated pieces from both sides of the argument and decide whose prose, voice or features you most like the look of. I’m not recommending this for everyday life, although that seems to be what a great deal of people do nowadays when deciding who to trust, but for an topic that you aren’t that fond of – this will be suffice.
Have you ever heard of the phrase rome wasn’t built in a day? Because if you haven’t, you might need to crawl out of that literary rock that you’ve been living under. Basically, start from a blank piece of paper and work your way up from there. It’s a lot harder than it sounds. When you first begin don’t worry about the length or the prettiness of the words; that can all be done later. Just worry about getting the short, messy version of your thoughts down and you can expand from there.
You might have heard a couple of teachers scoffing in the background while you read the title. That’s alright. Personally I find it motivating to look down at your screen and see something beautiful as opposed to line upon line of dullness. I know quite a deal of other people who do too. Whether it be the font or the formatting, looking at something nice can always lift your spirits and can sometimes even make you look forward to writing whatever you have to write.
Maybe you couldn’t care less about your essay title. Maybe you even hate what you’re writing about but you have to sound like you know what you’re talking about, and calling the great wall of china ‘nice’ just wont cut it. Use the thesaurus. Or if you can’t be bothered to do that, just type in [word] synonym and some results will pop up on google. Using big words will not only make it seem like you know what you’re talking about, but it’ll also make you seem smart (although this can be counteracted if you choose to spout absolute rubbish in class).
I hope you enjoyed this post! I know it’s not very long, but perhaps I’ll make a part two someday. Until then, what are your essay writing tips and have you found any of mine useful? Please don’t forget to follow by email / wordpress / twitter / insta if you enjoyed my content ♡