Essay writing is often referred to as an art and with good reason. It can take years of practice to perfect the craft. Most often students really become good at writing essays when they reach the end of their school careers. Here is a basic guide to essay writing.
1. Read and comprehend the essay topic/question
This is the most important part of the essay writing process. Once you have properly understood what the essay question is asking you can analyze what kinds of supporting research you will need. There is no need to formulate your entire argument yet save that for later in your essay writing sample. For now you need to understand exactly what the question is asking you. Highlight key terms and brainstorm some possible angles.
2. Research the topic
Go to the library, internet, read some books, look over your notes. Hone in on the specific question at hand and read information pertaining to it.
3. Write an outline
As elementary as it seems sometimes, outlines are the scaffolding for all successful writing. It does not have to be a formal outline, but just sketch out the order of your essay in some method that you understand.
4. Write a thesis statement
The thesis statement is the foundation of your essay. Write that one sentence that argues the point, the debate, and the crux of your essay. It will be the final sentence of your introduction and the starting point for the rest of the writing.
5. Write the paper
Just write. It does not have to be a masterpiece as you write that first draft. Just get something on paper that you can eventually mold into a final product.
6. Edit the paper for content
Edit the paper to make sure you are staying on target, following your thesis, and have enough supporting evidence to prove your thesis.
7. Edit the paper for grammar
Give your essay a quick look solely for grammatical problems (spelling, punctuation, transitions, and so on).
The easiest part and definitely the most enjoyable. Going through your essay with your own red pen and editing it ruthlessly will ensure that you have a perfect essay to turn in when the deadline comes.