According to award-winning author, Elizabeth Hoyt, this is the Simplest Way to Write an Essay:

  • Introduction paragraph. What you’d like to discuss within your introduction paragraph.  Thesis statement. What’s the main point of your essay? Decide what you want to convey in your essay and put it into words. Your entire essay will revolve around this point, so make sure you’re clear and concise in your phrasing. (This is usually placed near the end of your introduction paragraph.)

  • First, second, and third paragraph topics that support your thesis  List supporting quotes/references.  Find quotes from reputable sources that support what you’ve stated within your thesis and that relate to each paragraph topic.

  •  Conclusion paragraph. Note what you’d like to say within your conclusion paragraph. Your conclusion paragraph should detail how you are going to unite the topics from your aforementioned topics and weave them together into one solid point. Students commonly mistake a conclusion paragraph as a summary paragraph when, in fact, it’s really an opportunity to drive home your argument. Your conclusion should round out your essay and unite your paragraphs together, solidifying your thesis. Additional quotes or references, if any.

  • List all citations. As you find each quote or reference to include within your essay, make sure to cite each reference, so you won’t have to scramble at the end to go back to your sources to see where you found each quotation. List each citation on your outline so it’s already finished before you even complete your essay. That way, it’s one less thing to worry about. By following this outline format, the work of your essay is already clearly mapped out ahead of time. You already know what you want to say and how you’re going to say it and you have all of the support to back up each theory. This method takes the stress out of essay writing because it eliminates guesswork; struggling for the right idea or argument and helps you ensure your thesis is strong. If you’re not able to easily fill out the outline, your thesis isn't strong or clear enough and your essay topic will likely not be a winner as a result.

  • Don’t just state facts, also express emotions to allow the readers & Judges to fully feel and understand the message you are trying to convey.
  • To be 'memorable', the Essay has to be an 'attention-getter' from the very start.
  • Try not to be boring some short Essays have the tendency to contain paragraphs with nothing but facts. Try to be witty, but in an appropriate manner and It is important to be yourself. Essays that seem like they have been written by a robot are not 'memorable'.
  • An important 'start' or 'introduction' of an Essay is surely to leave a lasting impression with the readers and Judges. This is why the "WOW" factor is essential to every introduction. The key to making a good introduction is to make it interesting. For example, a writer can start with a question, tell a story, or provide an inspirational quote.
  • One must add a personal 'twist' to the Essay. You have to be unique with the way you formulate your statements. Some introductions are too generic, therefore lacking an important 'spark' needed to keep the readers and Judges enticed.
  • If you aren’t too sure about the 'impact statement' your introduction gives, have somebody reliable critique your Essay; constructive criticism can be helpful.
  • Please: Follow the Rules: it’s important to read the rules before starting to write your essay. We suggest when one has completed writing their essay, read the rules again to make sure nothing important is missed.

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