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Writing a Composition

Updated on August 30, 2019
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Vinnie is a freelance writer who also taught EFL for more than 15 years. He is a mass culture enthusiast who loves quizzes and trivia.

Writing a Composition

My debut article begins with how to write a composition.

In layman's term, a composition is any body of artistic work and therefore could mean different things for different people under different situations. Different types of writing, for example, operate on its own set of rules. When you are given a writing task, you might probably make a list of possible points to use and in any order to avoid vagueness and uncertainty.

Outlining, whether simple or detailed, is an indispensable method to writing, as it provides a road map to what your composition is all about. However, outlining doesn't work for everyone. Some prefer to work on an open-ended approach and just let their ideas take shape in the process.

Whether you outline or not, following the general structure below applies to many kinds of writing. Using this format will give your composition good bare bones to start.

I. Introduction

Your introduction can make or break your composition. Your objective is to draw your reader to your message and make them read throughout the entire piece. It should begin with a thesis statement, which will tell your readers how you intend to tackle the relevance of your chosen topic. It also serves as a blueprint for a detailed exposition in the body. Your thesis statement should either support or dispute a claim.

  • To shave the beard is haram according to the Great Imams of Jurisprudence. My adherence to my faith greatly conflicts with my athletic vocation. While the Amateur Boxing Association of England has long lifted the ban on sporting beards, I still believe that shaving is more beneficial for amateur boxers like me. I once sustained a deep cut under my chin during a sparring match, and the doctor found it difficult tending to my wound, as my full beard got in the way. Facial hair, though now permissible in contact sports, should not be allowed for safety and health reasons. Surely, Allah will not take it against me if I shave my beard for such a purpose. I glorify His goodness by making use of the talent He has given me, and aside from that, I am a woman.

II. Body

The body is where you develop your thesis statement. A body doesn't always have to be one huge block of argument, as this could be intimidating to read. Write manageable paragraphs that elaborate one major point in the development of your overall argument. Each section is a supporting argument backed by evidence. As you present your case, you may also present a contrary view then refute this with your most persuasive argument. Make sure that each paragraph creates a logical step toward your biggest argument. When writing the body, be sure to do the following:

Elaborate: Present relevant facts and specific information that supports your case. Vague statements make weak arguments.

  • Xe may on the roads of Hanoi should be regulated, as this contributes to the increasing level of traffic and air pollution. More than five million motorbikes carry entire families, stacked up boxes, or materials for delivery. According to the Department of Transport and City Council, there has been an alarming increase in the number of two-wheeled vehicles. This makes traffic nearly four times the capacity of roads in crowded areas.

Demonstrate: Concrete details add credibility to your exposition. Well, drawn-out examples help to solidify your points as they provide clearer mental pictures.

  • Moving to the state of Gujarat is a demonstration of extreme therapy for my alcoholic uncle, Mehul, as Gujarat is among the states that prohibit the sale of liquor. His willpower is often put to the test. One time we had a video chat, and I asked him how his therapy was going. He said that there was not a day that he did not crave alcohol, and how could I blame him? His addiction to the bottle has been hardwired into his system that he salivates like a Pavlovian dog at the mention of whiskey. I remembered whenever he would visit my father, wherein Uncle Mehul often brought a bottle of the best whiskey or cognac that money could buy. My father is hyperuricemic and always brushed off my uncle's invitation to a bibulous fraternal bonding. Then my uncle would stay in the basement all night, listen to jazz, and consume the whole bottle. Sometimes I would take a peek to see how he was doing. I would shiver at the smell of the woody and tangy drink that flowed straight to his bloodstream, as it blended with the rusty smell of old tools my father kept in that room. Bless Uncle Mehul's soul, and I do hope that he gets out of his addiction.

Argue: Construct a working thesis with a rationale that is easy to follow and addresses any question from an opposing view. Add quotations whenever possible and draw inferences to leverage your assertions.

  • According to the Code of Medical Ethics, the relationship between a patient and a physician is based on trust, which gives rise to 'physicians' ethical responsibility to place 'patients' welfare above the 'physician's own self-interest. Romantic or sexual relations between the two is, therefore, I believe, unethical. It detracts the physician from his goal of well-being for the patient, and it exploits the patient's vulnerability, much like a teacher or professor having such relations with a student. Not all doctors are receptive to the idea. On account that if a patient is of legal age and of sound mind, the relationship is no longer the business of any governing body. Instead of focusing on the personal lives of doctors, the medical association should pay more attention to medical malpractice that hurt more patients. While it is meritorious to focus on issues that concern the larger safety of patients under the hands of physicians, the governing body must continue to take a firm stance on prohibiting romantic and sexual relationships between physician and patient. Love can transcend species, and romantic relations with patients can get even more complicated and unethical in veterinary practice.

III. Conclusion

Your conclusion is your final word on the subject. It must succeed in sweeping your reader to a new perspective of the topic. A conclusion must be concise enough to contain the synthesis of your thoughts. It must leave a good final impression to your reader by encouraging them to exercise critical thinking, even after reading your last word on paper.

  • With the growing number of pet-friendly offices, more workplaces would likely adopt the trend. Companies are exhausting all the means to make their offices conducive in balancing the productivity and well-being of their employees in a stress-ridden world. While pets help to improve moods and decrease stress, consideration for every employee should be taken into account first. Not everyone is into pets for one reason or another. Some human beings do not have the penchant for being alongside other creatures. Allergies or a traumatic experience from an animal are possible factors. Moreover, think of the absurdity of a pet-friendly office if it is applied to where I work. One of my co-workers has a stable for a couple of thoroughbreds, while another co-worker keeps a huge aquarium of piranhas. All things being fair, think of the inconvenience that would ensue if they bring their horses and piranhas to work respectively. If companies aim to balance productivity and relaxation for employees, perhaps they could come up with alternatives that do not involve the pungent smell of animal poop somewhere in the office.


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