Writing an Essay
Length: 542 words (1.5 double-spaced pages)
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There are three key parts to an essay: the introduction, body and conclusion.
Deal with the introduction first of all. The introduction has to have these elements: the question, the answer, the preview of the essay and some scope or parameters. What is the question? This is called your Knowledge Based Problem, or simply the question that you need to find an answer to. What is the answer to your Knowledge Based Problem or question? This is called your thesis. Sometimes called merely an answer, your thesis is the key answer that sums up your entire case in one simple strong sentence. What am I going to talk about in the essay? Here is where you advertise what you want to speak and write about in the course of your essay. What are the definitions and parameters of the terms in your essay? There are two important elements here. One: “definitions” meaning that you define the words such that you can write your essay. Two: “parameters” meaning the things that you are not going to talk about or the restrictions of your essay.
The body of the essay comes next and many people actually don't know how to do this properly. They actually write whatever they want and whatever comes to their mind. This is incorrect. Here's how you actually do write the essay body to make your writing good and clear. A topic sentence is a sentence that sums up your paragraph and makes a key argument or key idea. You need a topic sentence because this is what you promised to write about. Explain what you mean by the topic sentence and give more details and more information. Sometimes you need to define words - so just do it here in the body as well. Give an example or examples. Tell the reader what the example means or what the examples mean. Summarise your paragraph or argument after doing that. Answer the question using your topic sentence once again at the end. You do this systematic and methodical approach for each and every paragraph.
There are only three things you do at the conclusion of your excellent essay and nothing more, if you want a structured and clear essay.
Summarise what you have just said. Conclude with your restated thesis and not with the original words of your original answer. End with something catchy or end with some unexpected twist, or even with some unique, aphoristic, cunning maxim or quotation. This will bring your essay to a great close.
However, note that theory can only bring you so far. Sometimes there is more to writing an essay than this simple structure. Sometimes do note that you can violate some of the rules of good writing, and that is when you are excellent and well versed in all the skills and tactics of writing. There is an X-factor in addition to everything that I have discussed.
That is how you write an excellent analytical essay.