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How To Successfully Write An Essay

When you are faced with writing an essay there are several things that will probably cross your mind such as;

  • What should I write about?
  • What format do I need to use?
  • Do I need to use any sources?

The overarching question that most everyone asks is: “How can I be the most successful when writing this essay?” In this article I will list some ways that you can ensure that you experience the most success possible when writing an essay regardless of the style of essay you compose.

As I have said before, the hardest part of writing an essay is selecting a topic. That is not to say that there are not some actions that you can take to lessen the perils of topic selection. These include,

  • Selecting a topic that you are interested in
  • Brainstorming and writing down topics that you like to read about
  • Writing down all of the things that you like to do

The benefit to choosing a topic that you are interested in is that you will not only have better luck remaining interested in the essay, but your writing will be much more interesting because your enthusiasm will portray itself in your writing.

Formatting is another item that provokes questions from writers everywhere. To answer the question of formatting you must take notice of the genre of essay being composed as well as the discipline for which you are writing. For example; if you are constructing a literary essay for a composition class you would use MLA format, but if you are writing an essay for your psychology class you should use the APA style. There are also several websites and blogs online that can provide you with specific instances in which you should use any available style.

Do you need to use any sources? This also depends heavily on what genre the essay that you are writing is in. If you are writing a creative essay there is a very good chance that you will not need to include any research or sources because the material will be original. However, if you are composing an essay about the life of an author or other research based essay you will need to include sources because you will be doing research on the topic of choice.

All of the above suggestions mentioned will prove quite useful when constructing an essay. I am sure that by following the advice mentioned in this article you will experience success the next time you write.

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