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    Basic Guide to Essay Writing

    An essay can have many purposes, but the basic structure is the same no matter what. You may be writing an essay to argue for a particular point of view or to explain the steps necessary to complete a task.

    Either way, your essay will have the same basic format.

    If you follow a few simple steps, you will find that the essay almost writes itself. You will be responsible only for supplying ideas, which are the important part of the essay writing anyway.

    First impressions
    Your opening paragraph needs to be good to pull the reader in.

    Plan ahead

    An outline of what you want the article to achieve will save you from getting halfway through and running out of things to say.

    Keep it simple

    Don't use five words where you could use two.

    It's good to talk

    Quotations from people in the know peppered throughout your article will give it a real lift.

    Brand new

    Avoid lazy clinches at all costs – your own wording holds far more interest.

    Second opinion

    Ask a trusted friend to read your article through; a second pair of eyes might spot things you've missed.

    Faultless performance

    Your spelling, punctuation and grammar needs to be accurate, full stop.

    The whole truth:

    Check and double check that any facts you mention are accurate; 24.56% aren't. Or is that 24.57%?

    The last word

    Finish your article with a confident, definitive sentence. An article that just trails off is unsatisfying...

    Have fun

    Writing should be an enjoyable process, so don't stress!

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    I can't say I disagree with any of your points but it is a very basic guide you've given.
    By essay writing I presume you're talking non-fiction, in which case, for me, it's also imperative that you know your subject inside out. Your confidence in your own knowledge needs to shine through in your writing style and vocabulary.

    There's nothing wrong with a cliché in the right context. Sometimes the effort to avoid the cliché can result in a cumbersome piece of work.

    Lastly, having a trusted friend read your work is not always advisable. Friends will rarely give you their true opinion for fear of tainting a friendship. If the person is a friend in the professional sense, i.e. someone you trust to give a professional or objective view of your writing without fear of reproach, then yes, knock yourself out.

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    I find that these days, writing a short, essay based on or around one word is getting increasingly difficult. Especially if I am writing a work of fiction. Any pointers on that?
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    Wow, you sure made a effort at spreading this all over the web! After snooping around for a few I found this, this and this! You're everywhere!

    edit: Not that that's a bad thing, just a little odd.
    Last edited by JHB; December 1st, 2008 at 02:09 PM.

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    Events have made the original content of this post a non-sequitur.
    Last edited by garza; October 1st, 2010 at 02:45 PM.
    El día ha sido bueno. La noche será larga.


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