What's the best way to write an essay?

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Answered by: Catrell, An Expert in the Paragraphs and Essays Category
What's the best way to write an essay? Great question. Here's the answer: If you can read and follow instructions, you can write an essay. Constructing a well-developed essay is no different than following a family recipe for a full three-course meal. You begin with an appetizer (the introduction) and then move onto the main entrée (body paragraphs), which always has accompanying side dishes (supporting details). Finally, dessert (conclusion) is served. As you can see, the recipe for writing an essay is easy as 1-2-3. Now that your mouth is watering, let’s prepare your meal, that is, draft the essay.



Ready. Set. Cook.

First, limit your topic to a specific idea you feel comfortable writing about. Once you have researched your topic and gathered enough evidence to support your ideas you can began drafting your introduction. The ingredients required for your introduction should always include an opening that immediately grabs the reader’s attention and a well-crafted thesis statement (main idea) that informs the reader about the purpose of your essay. This can be completed in three to five sentences. Remember, you don’t want to overload the plate; the main dish still has to be served, so be sure to leave plenty room for the tasty details.

Next, select a tasty topic sentence to begin your body paragraph(s). The topic sentence tells the reader exactly what the paragraph is going to be about as well as it supports the writer’s thesis. The following sentences are the side dishes (supporting details). Remember, not all sides go with every dish; therefore, be careful to select only relevant servings of side dishes(supporting details) that compliment the main dish (topic sentence). For example, if fried chicken is the main dish, don’t select turkey wings as a side dish. Doing so loses the reader’s interest and will most likely result in an untouched meal (essay-not-read).



The main dish is the heart and soul of the meal. Simply put: it’s the meat. How you cook it depends on the details of the spices and heat used. If it’s bland and dry your reader will know. If it’s mouthwatering and tasty your reader will ask for more. If you have done your research you are obviously aware of this and therefore adequately prepared to serve again (another topic sentence/supporting body paragraph). Once you have clearly made your point, it’s on to the best and final course – dessert.

A great meal does two things. It begins with a first impression and ends with a lingering impression – good or bad. The essay has the same effect. It is the cook’s (the writer) responsibility and duty to ensure the meal is satisfying from start to finish (introduction to conclusion). Serving dessert is the final opportunity to conclude with a savory taste that lingers on the tongue long after the meal (essay) has been eaten (read). In essence, the conclusion puts the cherry on top of the cake.

Writing an essay with well-developed paragraphs and a great conclusion is like spreading butter on warm bread. You can’t have one without the other. Now that you have the ingredients to successfully write an essay and develop supporting paragraphs it’s time you gave it a try. Ready. Set. Write.

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