Essay Writing Tips

Next to public speaking, writing is probably one of the least-liked activities for many people — students included. However, there are several tips you can use to improve your writing. Use the following guidelines when preparing your essays.

Put your ideas on paper
Forget about writing perfect sentences in your first attempt. Just write down your ideas. Prepare an outline and shuffle your ideas around. Think about what you want to say and how you want to organize your thoughts on paper.

Draft paragraphs of your individual ideas
If you've written down and shuffled around your ideas, your next step should be to start drafting paragraphs. Think about your individual ideas and how you want to express them. How will you support and develop your points?

Pull the pieces together
Now that you've prepared some draft paragraphs, it's time to bring them together. Write transition sentences — sentences that show your reader how you're connecting the dots. It helps when the last sentence in your paragraph hints to your reader about what's coming up in the next paragraph. The first sentence in the new paragraph introduces the new point. Weave your paragraphs together.

Write your conclusion
Your final paragraph should be your conclusion; it wraps things up. Consider restating the main idea, then quickly reviewing how your main points fit together.

Write your introduction
As strange as it may sound, it's almost always easier to write your introduction after you have completed writing the rest of your essay — and it can sometimes be the easiest part. Write your introduction by bringing the reader into your essay with a directly-relevant attention-getter, then previewing what is to come.