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How to Write an Essay - The Quick and Effective Approach to Writing an Essay

Updated on May 29, 2012
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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.


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      Faizan 7 months ago

      Thanks for this is veru helpful for people

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      janana 19 months ago

      very good explanation

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      @theonlylonelyassassin 2 years ago

      Thanks so much! This was very helpful and I have created a new essay mapping concept thanks to this!

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      Arif 4 years ago from Bangladesh

      seems like lots of people liked your hub post! so do I :) amazing

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      lzlpio90 6 years ago

      Same here, i do always use thesaurus and thefreedictionary as always when writing my articles...

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      Kimberly: Hello. Welcome to my hub. This is a great insightful comment, but I must say that we have almost the same approach under different names. It speeds up things significantly. Thank you for stopping by :)

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      Kimberly Quevedo 6 years ago from New Jersey

      This is great information! I also think organization is key when breaking down you paragraphs and you have to make sure that each paragraph flows into the other. For this, transition words and sentences are the best (like besides the point above etc.). What I have always used is something called a QAD. It stands for Question Answer Detail. This is EXTREMELY helpful in organizing. I write the initials at the top of the page and as you said in your article bullet point my questions (which are my paragraphs) my answers (which are my points for the paragraph) and my details I describe what I want to use (which are all my examples and proof that make it a good essay). Very nicely down breaking this process down in your article!

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      Cindy Murdoch 6 years ago from Texas

      This good information that anyone can put to use. I was impressed that you were able to put all that together in 20 minutes. It probably would have taken me longer than that to type it. Very nicely done!

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      raciniwa 6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      yes, i agree with you on that...great job...

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      @Vinaya: Thank you. I am glad that you liked it :)

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      Vinaya Ghimire 6 years ago from Nepal

      Interesting advice especially for the ones who have not attended writing course.

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      @Jacqui2011: Thank you so much for your kind words :)

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      jacqui2011 6 years ago from Norfolk, UK

      I like the ease in which you explain the article. Very well done and so helpful. Thanks again.

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      @ubani: That will be my honour. Thank you so much for stopping by :)

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 6 years ago from Lagos

      Wonderful guide. Very useful and informative. I hope am allowed to bookmark cos it will surely be useful in the future. Voted useful and interesting

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      @Sueswan: Thank you. I am glad that you liked the hub :)

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      Sueswan 6 years ago

      Hi Hunbbel

      I like the way you have presented the information.

      Voted up and awesome.

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      @Writer20: Thanks, I am glad you liked it. Thesaurus and dictionaries increase one writing's effectiveness, many times. People should use them to improve their writing and eventually to improve their vocabulary - it is a learning curve.

      Thanks for stopping by :)

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      @Subron7: This is GREAT news indeed. I can't tell you how happy I am to hear that from you. I am wishing you best of luck for your project, my friend, and let me know if I can be any helpful in this accomplishment of yours.

      May you have success! Best of luck

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      Joyce Haragsim 6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Great hub. I have a Visual Thesaurus on my computer which is very good. There are times when I still have to used the thesaurus book

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      James W. Nelson 6 years ago from eastern North Dakota

      Just 20 minutes, that, to me, seems really good, my friend, and I definitely agree about the dictionary and thesaurus. I keep one to my right, the other to my left. Hunbbel, I would like you to know, that through your encouragement (and others) I have decided to pursue my last short story into a novel. Thank you.

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      ThePelton 6 years ago from Martinsburg, WV USA

      The best way to estimate word count in an essay is to count the first and last pages of the essay separately, and then count one of the pages inside, and multiply by the other uncounted pages, unless they are only partial pages. Of course, a good word processing program has a function that will give you a count down to the last word, these days.

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      @Adeaugustus: Thanks for your feedback, voting up and for sharing this hub. I am really glad that you find it useful.