How to write an outstanding essay outline
No good essays are written off the cuff with a hope that the writing will amaze the reader. Leaving things to chance is setting yourself up for failure. Postponing things to the last minute is another straight road to disaster and disappointment, (even if you’re a literary professor). If you really want to make a change in the way you write or improve your marks, you need to start doing things properly by setting yourself a goal and putting some time and effort into it from the start.
Plan, plan, plan!
The most important part of writing an essay is the planning. So before you start any writing, it’s essential to stop, think and plan. Start off by taking a moment to conceptualize your paper from beginning to end and identifying what you want to say. Then jot down the main points. Some students like to do their notes in the format of a spider diagram and others prefer to do them in a point for point style – either style works.
A second glance
Now look at it again. Decide what message you want to convey and break down each main point into smaller details. At this point, most students start getting impatient, wanting to write the actual essay, but don’t allow yourself to get distracted. If you suddenly get the perfect sentence, wait before putting it down – add it to the ‘details’ list and come back to it later.
Some final steps
You’re almost done. If the writing isn’t too marvelous, the marker will at least be able to give you points for getting the format correct. The basic format of an essay is: Introduction, Body and Conclusion, so try to highlight the ‘details’ you listed in different colours according to these point which will make it easier for you to see what needs to go where.
The introduction is self-explanatory, but needs to be short and interesting enough with plenty of information. Restrain yourself from giving too much detail so as to spoil the rest of the content. Briefly introduce the purpose of the essay.
In the main body, give all the details, but not in a fact format showing point for point like the outline; add in some flavour and write with flow.
For the conclusion, gather the facts and explain how they prove your message.
So get organized, write with a purpose and watch how your work improves!
Published on November 26th, 2014