When it comes to writing, many people over think what it is that they have to do, freeze up, blank out, and end up writing nothing.
But, assuming that you have a decent command of the English language, writing a good essay is easy if you just follow a few simple guidelines.
An essay, like a novel, a thesis, a textbook, and so on has a certain structure to it. But the structure is not set in stone. In fact, there are more than a few essay forms that you can take advantage of. For the beginning writer, however, the basic steps of writing an essay consists of 6 separate actions.
1) Choose your topic
Professional writers are always saying "write what you know." While many writers make a great living researching topics that they know little about and writing essays and articles on them, for the beginning writer, writing about what you know is good advice. It’s one less step that you have to worry about. So choose a subject that interests you personally and break it down into a smaller topic, something that you can fully write about in an essay length piece of writing.
6) Edit and re-write your essay
Many writers would call this the most important part of the writing process. You’ve got your initial thoughts on paper, now you simply have to improve them. This is where you spell check, grammar check, finalize your paragraph transitions, and recheck the facts presented in your essay. It’s not unusual for professional writers to re-write three, four, or more times. In fact, many say that the difference between a good writer and a great writer is the amount of effort put into re-writing.
Even if you have no natural talent for writing, by following the above steps you can easily put together an essay presentable enough for almost any purpose.