Okay, so you want to know how to write an essay? Well, here’s how to get started: first you have to have a thesis. A nice, simple thesis. Then, of course, you have to have elaboration on this thesis, also known as the main ideas, and these will be your main body paragraphs. Then you have your conclusion.
Technically, a thesis is your main topic written in sentence form. Of course, it’s always a good idea to lead all of your paragraphs with a leader sentence, sort of like a bit of bait to grab your reader’s attention, like I’ve done here. The first thing you always do, though, is write or compose your thesis statement, also known as the topic sentence. The thesis is composed of your central topic, and your main ideas. Of course, you should also add a few more sentences to flesh out your first paragraph, or you could split the thesis into more then one sentence.
Moving on, the next thing is your main ideas. Logically, they should go in order of the thesis, but they should also be arranged logically. For instance, if you were writing an essay on FullMetal Alchemist, you would introduce the main character, Edward, before you introduced a side character, say, Roy. Of course, you also want to have at least two sentences of elaboration, and an example or two. Ideally, you would have elaboration and examples, as well as something to back up your point, but fit as much as you can.
And, lastly, we come to your conclusion. The conclusion is one of the most dejected, rejected, and kicked around paragraphs in the essay. I have read many essays that are fairly good, only to be thrown off by a bad conclusion. The first thing to remember is your tag sentence; even a conclusion needs one of these. Of course, the next thing to remember is to restate your thesis. Note: restate, not repeat. You should say your thesis in different words. Don’t carbon copy it. Lastly, we come to the concluding part of the conclusion. Some teachers have mentioned this, and others haven’t, but I thought I’d throw it in. The concluding part of the conclusion is a sentence or phrase that brings a sense of conclusion to your essay–such as telling what you learned from a certain experience, or giving your opinion. Of course, different conclusions fit different styles, and I would consult my teacher or instructor for more information on this.
Well, all in all, this is a good bit of information. Thesis, main ideas, and conclusions all add up to one big, happy essay!! Of course, don’t forget to add details and elaborate, and, of course, never lose your author’s voice! You can always have one, even though all you’re writing is an essay! Have fun!!
Me: ^.^ *dances, throwing petals, glitter, and confetti everywhere.* I’m so happy~!
Crosshairs: -.-;; what the heck are you doing?
Me: Dancing~! Because I’m happy!!
Crosshairs: I can see that.
Me: *giggles, then faces screen* Anyways, minna-san, thank you for reading, and review if you will!!
Note: These are just random tips that I couldn’t work into the essay:
1. Never, ever, EVER start your sentences with a conjunction. These include, but are not limited to, “and,” “but,” and, “or.” I know I did it a few times, but that’s entirely not the point. NEVER, EVER do it!! *smile* K?
2. Try to keep from getting off track. This distracts you from your topic, and doesn’t win you any points from whoever you’re writing the essay for. In fact, it hurts you.