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 How to Write an Essay

 
 How to Write an Essay
Writing an essay is the art of systematic expression of one's thoughts. 'Simple and beautiful', and 'short and sweet' are the two age-old mottos of good writing. Whether an essay or a letter, it should be crisp and clear. Although not always necessary, often one should be brief and to the point. Good command over the language, is no substitute for the contents. Without vital information, facts or contents, one sounds hollow and shallow. It is therefore, necessary that writing should not be only for the sake of writing, but should depict a purpose. It is more than the communication. Like a piece of art, it should be presentable, attractive, original and unique. Like an anthology, the refined choice of the words, should make a beautiful composition. Rather than being merely informative, it should depict a theme, concept and a style. There should be an overall consistency and a well-defined structure, which, is necessary to bind the reader. It should be interesting, for which a cash of humour, quotations, couplets and anecdotes are quite helpful. Rather than sounding stereotype and typical, an essay or a letter should appear to be contextual and personal. Artificialitly kills a piece of writing. A letter particularly should express feelings. It should touch the reader. It should avoid jargons and hackneyed phrases. Never make the writing complicated and complex. It is always advisable to set one's own writing guidelines. These depend both upon the purpose of writing and target readers. As such writing invokes an interaction between the objective goals and subjective reader .It is necessary to understand clearly the main objective, which may be to profile a personality, or a state an issue related with environment, a topic in the field of development or highlighting a success story. In any case, it is important to give a clear, incisive outline of the issue idea of approach. It should be endeavoured to give a well-rounded look at the record facts and information. In several cases, it is neither feasible to evaluate, nor appropriate to pass a judgement, To give a clear explication of the topic, the quotation of some well known authority or he opinion of others becomes helpful. It is not necessary to provide answer to a problem or issue through an essay. Rather the efforts should be to generate a dialogue by raising the pertinent issues or problems. Giving sermons must be avoided at all costs. The style of writing largely depends upon the platform on which the essay is being addressed. It is the mainstream media, the author should seek a lively, journalistic style of Writing. One should always assume that the reader's attention wandering and aspire to grab it. Gripping leads are a necessity. Captivating quotes a must. At the same time, essay should not be like an advertisement. Through intelligent and insightful prose, it should round out the topic, person or issue being described. As far as possible the facts must be up-to-date and the ideas should be fresh. The overall essay must be timely. No one likes the stale stuff.
 general essay writing tips
The dominant considerations, which should be kept in mind while writing are the following:-
Them: Rather than becoming an old admixture of information, an essay or a letter or a note should convey a focus or a theme. It needs thinking and analysis of the issues to arrive at a theme.
  • Concept:  There should be an overall concept or a framework, which binds together the various components of writing. The basic characteristic of a concept is its originality. As such, avoid any formulae and preconceived notions and principles.
  • Contents:  The taste of the pudding is in eating. The language is a medium of expression, which cannot hide the hollowness, if it is devoid of the subject and contents.
  • Structure:  Writing is like construction. It has a structure. Its skeleton is hidden behind the plaster mosaic and furnishings of words. It is always advise able to work out the basic structure carefully around which the words weave.
  • Language:  To bind the reader, the language should be simple and interesting. Avoid bombastic words, complex expressions 'and lengthy sentences.
  • Spontaneity:  An essay or letter should never be typical like a computer print-out. It should have spontaneity of expression and bear a stamp of personal style.
  • Originality:  Even Leonardo da Vinci's most celebrated painting Mona Lisa loses its status of art once it is a printout copy. It becomes a copy or a mere piece of decoration. As such, an essay or a letter is worthless, if it lacks originality. One should avoid becoming typical but should strive for the original ideas.
  • Personal touch:  Any writing, particularly a letter should bear a stamp of personal touch. It should express feelings. If it is able to touch the heart of the reader it has more than achieved its purpose.
  • Explore thyself:  While writing, one often feels lost and hesitant. Perhaps, this is due to overemphasis on the canons of writing or due to fear of committing a mistake. One gets confused between his own thoughts and what he is taught. It is always Preferable to scratch one's own mind and pour out the heart, rather than depend on outside references. It is surprising to discover that one has so much within himself.
  • Be Free:  Most of the writing, appears mechanical because the writer is often shackled by his own education and false notions. To be original and interesting one has to sometimes forget the conventions and principles.
  • Simplicity:  It is most difficult to be simple. One has to put in a lot of effort to be simple. It is an art to present complex issues in a simple, understandable language. Remember, simple is always beautiful.
  • Consistency:  Any writing should have a smooth flow. It should have consistency without any jerks and jumps. A good piece of essay or letter should form a composite whole rather than being, a jumble of words and a collection of information It doesn't mean that one has to stick to a single issue but joining different components together, is the art 'of good writing. One should always assume that the reader's at tension is wandering and aspire to grab it. Gripping leads are a necessity. Captivating quotes must be same time an essay should not be like an advertisement. Through intelligent and in sightful prose, it should round out the topic, person or issue being described. As far as possible, the facts must be up-to-date and the ideas should be fresh. The overall essay, letter or note must be timely. No one likes the stale stuff.
  • Too much:  Research can be as detrimental to effective writing as too little. It is all too easy to become bogged down by a large number of facts and find yourself unable to write; likewise to cram too many facts into a short space. If your research material runs to dozens of pages, you need to rationalize it before you can begin to write. This is probably worth doing even if your research is relatively brief.
      


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