How to Write an Essay

Essays are common in middle school, high school and college. You may even need to write essays in the business world (although they are usually called reports at that point).

8 Steps to Writing an Essay

For some, writing an essay is as simple as sitting down at their computer and beginning to type.

1. Choose the Type of Essay

he first step to writing an essay is to define what type of essay you are writing. There are four main categories into which essays can be grouped.

2. Brainstorm Your Topic

You cannot write an essay unless you have an idea of what to write about. Brainstorming is the process in which you come up with the essay topic. You need to simply sit and think of ideas during this phase.

3. Research the Topic

Once you have done your brainstorming and chosen your topic, you may need to do some research to write a good essay.

4. Choose a Writing Style

Once you have done your brainstorming and chosen your topic, you may need to do some research to write a good essay.

5. Develop a Thesis

Your thesis statement is the main point of your essay. It is essentially one sentence that says what the essay is about. For example, your thesis statement might be "Dogs are descended from wolves."

6. Outline Your Essay

The next step is to outline what you are going to write about. This means you want to essentially draw the skeleton of your paper.

7. Write the Essay

Once you have an outline, it’s time to start writing. Write based on the outline itself, fleshing out your basic skeleton to create a whole, cohesive and clear essay.

8. Check Spelling and Grammar

Now the essay is written, but you're not quite done. Reread what you've written, looking out for mistakes and types.

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