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How to Write an Essay - The Quick and Effective Approach to Writing an Essay
Writing an essay is essential in almost every field - especially academic writing. One should know how to write an essay, quickly and effectively. Following are some tips and guidance about which approach should be made while writing an essay, to work at your full potential and to bring the best of your ability in the limited time. All these points will help you make the outline for your essay and will eventually lead to writing a complete essay.
1. Choose A Topic:
Obviously the first step is to choose a topic. Sometimes you are being assigned with a topic, so it lessens your preparation time a bit. Although, if you are not being assigned with a topic and you are supposed to choose a topic yourself, then it is only wise to choose the topic that you can naturally write about and you would not need a lot of research to gather some information first. It will cut your time significantly.
2. Estimating the Word Count:
If you are being directed that how many words should be in that essay, then no need to worry about this step. Otherwise, estimate your essay’s word count i.e. how long your essay is supposed to be?
3. Creating Paragraphs:
Once you are done with step 2 i.e. estimating the word count. Cut those words down into equal paragraphs. This will make the basic skeleton and outline of your essay. For example:
If you are supposed to write a 350 words essay, you may cut it down to 5 paragraphs (5 bullet points), with each paragraph or bullet point of 70 words each.
It is not a hard and fast rule but it will help you significantly while precisely achieving your 350 words count’s goal.
P.S: By equal, I do not mean that each of your paragraphs should strictly be 70 words each. You can even merge two paragraphs to create one, roughly around 130-150 words. It is just for the outline of the first draft.
4. Creating Bullet Points for Each Paragraph:
Now that you have decided how many paragraphs are going to be in your essay, create as many points to talk about, as your paragraphs are. For example if I am writing a paragraph about ‘Personality’. I decided to make 5 paragraphs out of it. I can assign each paragraph for a specific sub-topic, like this:
- Definition of Personality
- Wrong Conceptions about Personality
- Determinants and Factors of Personality
- Various models of Personality Tests
- Importance of Personality tests in Modern Day Organizations.
Then I can easily think and write 70 words on each topic/paragraph.
5. Using Thesaurus and Dictionaries:
If you are weak at vocabulary, use thesauruses and dictionaries to improve your essay. Gradually, with continuous use, you will learn all these words that you are using and will eventually increase your overall vocabulary and will help you a lot in future. If you will think it as a learning process, it will help you greatly. There are many online resources available.
Besides learning, nobody likes an error-equipped essay. So you better use these resources if you have any doubts.
Those are some tips on how to write an essay, quickly and effectively. After reading all this you should now be able to know that how to approach and how to write an essay. With this approach, you will be able to write essays/articles/hubs in no time and it will make your writing more concrete, concise and effective.
P.S: This article is written by me in 20 minutes, by using the same approach, and this one is of 630 words. I hope it will also help you while writing your essays and articles. Best of luck.