Essay writing is demanding process as it requires the writer to undergo several steps while its completion. Basically, you will need to study your assignment, brainstorm for ideas and conduct a research in order to get authoritative proofs for defending your position. After these 3 stages are finished it is time to start writing a first draft, which will be modified and polished during the last, revising step. Check out the essential tips on drafting and revising the essay.
Part 1. Writing a draft.
1.1. Reasoning your thesis.
- Since you have determined particular points as central and basic for your position you should have had logical reasons for it. Think what made you interested in the topic and which factors influences your opinion. Then tell the reader why your topic and position should matter for anyone else except you.
- You may begin with the initial observation, which is a good thing for starting point as it will let the audience see the flow of your thought.
- When you have developed a proper thesis think of the arguments for proving it. Factually, the process of elaborating the arguments is the same with the one you did when developing the thesis statement. First, you have to state your point and support it with the evidence. Secondly, refine it and make sure it flows logically and makes a coherent paragraph with topical sentence, proofs and transition to the next argument.
- Together with finding the reasons for proving your position as valid you should consider the points why the controversial opinion may be found correct as well.
- Try the shoes of your opponent (the person who has different opinion to yours) and think how he or she would defend the claim and which the points of disagreement are. Then take your side again and find the justification for your pieces of argument.
1.3. Introducing and concluding.
- These are the two parts which make the reader’s impression about your essay. For example, judging your introduction the audience will make a decision whether your work is worth its attention.
- The conclusion is your opportunity to leave a lasting impression for the readers and establish the sense of completeness and the solved problem.
Part 2. Revising the essay.
2.1. Why do we revise our papers?
- Basically, revising the paper and correcting the mistakes is your duty as no teacher or professor is willing to do it for you. In case he or she does so be sure that your grade will be corrected to the lower one as well.
- Do not let your ideas be buried under the small and trivial mistakes, which can easily be fixed with the help of revising and proofreading.
2.2. Revising your writing style.
- Make sure that you do not include lengthy summaries of what have been already said.
- Check if there are no unnecessary clichés, slang and truisms. The paper should correspond to the requirements of the academic style.
- Check if your paper matches to the thesis you developed. If it does not you can modify the thesis statement and make your writing fitting the initial purpose.