Developing Essay Writing Skills

One may not find a perfect solution for a quest known as “how to write an essay.” Eventually, one may find that tips from sources cannot suit the writer’s style, and each piece of advice will be applied individually. Yet, there can be a few universal moments in essay writing.    

The Head

What should be called the beginning of an essay? An introduction? No. In essay writing, the best way to start effectively is by outlining. It is brainstorming of thoughts, and a chance to see the future content. Professors can ask students to include outline alongside essays, and they can have specific requirements. Besides them, you can make your own outline. It can be a mere sketch, which includes a skeleton of short sentences. It can be a full-fledged draft, which consists of recording what first came to mind. Advice? Try to do all possible options to find the one suiting your likings. 

The Neck

Every essay needs a structure. Typically, it is the “introduction – three-body-paragraphs-conclusion” type; however, the number of body paragraphs can vary depending on the word count. 

One very important thing about the introduction is never to forget about the thesis statement, and always remember that the thesis statement shouldn’t begin with “This essay will be about…” The thesis statement is not a summary, but a preview to your essay. It should be interesting and should consist of all ideas or arguments that you will write further. has many examples of thesis statements that are the backbone of the future essay. 

As an example, imagine that you are writing an argumentative essay about why Ebooks are a better choice nowadays. Your thesis statement can be:

  1. This essay will prove why Ebooks are a better choice nowadays. (x)
  2. Ebooks are a better choice nowadays. (x) 
  3. Ebooks are a better choice nowadays because they are environment-friendly, cheap in the long run, and convenient in their placement. (v) 

You can see that the last example does include a mere statement from the second example, but it also explains your position. Also, such a thesis statement gives an understanding of the arguments included throughout the essay.  

Apart from the introduction, another important thing is about the conclusion: conclusions rarely contain new information which was not mentioned in an essay. If you are planning to continue writing on the topic (more research paper-related), you can make your conclusion as a door to it. Otherwise, do not introduce anything new at the end. These are an introduction’s duties. 

The Body

Ironically, this part contains some tips about body paragraphs. It’s time to remember:

  1. one body paragraph should discuss one idea;
  2. each body paragraph should have a topic sentence. It resonates with the thesis statement: thesis statement helps in organizing a whole essay, while a topic sentence organizes a body paragraph;
  3. normally, a body paragraph does not begin and end with information or facts that should be cited. Yet, the deviation is possible depending on instructions provided by a professor;
  4. make sure your paragraphs aren’t too large. You can set volume limits for each paragraph while writing an outline;
  5. make sure that your paragraphs aren’t smaller than introduction or conclusion and are harmonious in volume between each other. It’s a visual thing, but it can complicate the reading part similarly to tautologies, grammatical errors, and poor word choices. 

Sometimes, the visual part decides so much that your unique and valuable insights do not matter because of large paragraphs or inconsistency of paragraph volumes. 

The Limps

When an essay is finished, and it seems that it’s a high time to submit it, please, forget about submitting right after the writing part is finished. If you have some hours to spare (you should have because writing an essay close to the deadline isn’t a good idea), spare them. Rest for an hour or so, and then return to your essay again to reread it.

The point is that your eyes get used to the text during essay writing, and your vision becomes blurred. You might not see half of all possible errors (careless mistakes, missing commas, missing articles/words, etc.) if you start the proofreading parts right after you have finished your assignment. Also, you may decide to change a sentence or re-arrange a whole paragraph to improve the content.   

The Tail

At the end of improving your essay writing skills, it is worth remembering that without reading, there will be no success story. The more you read, the more you see and make your personal “how to write an essay” advice stock. The Internet can give you a lot of free samples, essays posted to serve as an example for beginners and those eager to improve, articles, and books to enhance your vocabulary and personal style.

At the end of everything, the last tip may sound burdensome, but it’s worth mentioning anyway. Do not write only when your assignments ask you to write. Try to practice your skills outside the studies. On the Internet again, you can find a lot of prompts for academic essays or creative writing. Find them and write when you have time because it will help a lot in polishing your unique style and improving your skills overall.