Always keep in mind, any essay have three distinct parts.
So what's wrong with a model that encourages students to write focused essays with a good deal of support?
Transitions are the mortar that holds the foundation of the essay together. Without logical progression of thought, the reader is unable to follow the essay’s argument, and the structure will collapse. Transitions should wrap up the idea from the previous section and introduce the idea that is to follow in the next section.
Each paragraph should be limited to the discussion of one general idea. This will allow for clarity and direction throughout the essay. In addition, such conciseness creates an ease of readability for one’s audience. It is important to note that each paragraph in the body of the essay must have some logical connection to the thesis statement in the opening paragraph. Some paragraphs will directly support the thesis statement with evidence collected during research. It is also important to explain how and why the evidence supports the thesis (warrant).
First, crafting an effective essay takes time.
is often the so-called process essay, the writing project in which we describe how to do something or tell how something happens. The nice thing about the process essay is that it can be truly helpful. When our readers finish this essay, they will know how to do something that they didn't know how to do before or they will understand some process that had mystified them before. There are several cautions to keep in mind in choosing a topic for a process essay.Be especially careful of the connections between your sentences in a process essay. There is a temptation to connect each sentence with "And then," "then," "and then." That's all right when Aunt Gloria is telling you how to make meatloaf, but it's boring in an essay. Try writing the essay with all the 's you want, and then go back and eliminate most of them; you'll probably find you don't need most of them. Try for a variety of transitional tags. Don't number the steps of your essay, and avoid using words like "secondly," "thirdly," etc. You might want to say "first" and "second," but then let the numbering go. Also, although it would be tempting to use graphical embellishments even something as simple as bulleted paragraphs or sentences avoid doing this for the purpose of this essay. The trick here is to let the language do all the work for you. (You might want to ask your instructor about this matter of graphical elements, especially if you are writing a more technical essay.) Oh, and speaking of meatloaf, avoid using abbreviations tsp., oz., etc. in formal academic writing. Write everything out and save the abbreviations for Aunt Gloria's recipe card.Don't write about something that is too complicated. Don't try to write a brief process essay about something that needs an instruction manual. When you have to drive from Hartford to St. Louis, you start by getting to Waterbury. You don't like being overwhelmed by directions, and you don't want to overwhelm your reader. Also, don't write about something that needs to be accompanied by visual aids. We could read a good essay about how to wallpaper around a window or a bathroom vanity, but it would be much better to watch a videotape of the same process. There are some things that are much better seen than read. Try describing the process of tying your shoes and you'll see what we mean.As for how to write well, here's the short version: Write a bad version1 as fast as you can; rewrite it over and over; cut everythingunnecessary; write in a conversational tone; develop a nose forbad writing, so you can see and fix it in yours; imitate writersyou like; if you can't get started, tell someone what you plan towrite about, then write down what you said; expect80% of the ideas in an essay to happen after you start writing it,and 50% of those you start with to be wrong; be confident enoughto cut; have friends you trust read your stuff and tell you whichbits are confusing or drag; don't (always) make detailed outlines;mull ideas over for a few days beforewriting; carry a small notebook or scrap paper with you; start writing when you think of the first sentence; if a deadlineforces you to start before that, just say the most important sentencefirst; write about stuff you like; don't try to sound impressive; don't hesitate to change the topic on the fly;use footnotes to contain digressions; use anaphora to knitsentences together; read your essays out loud to see (a) where you stumbleover awkward phrases and (b) which bits are boring (theparagraphs you dread reading); try to tell thereader something new and useful; work in fairly big quanta of time;when you restart, begin by rereading what you have so far; when youfinish, leave yourself something easy to start with; accumulatenotes for topics you plan to cover at the bottom of the file; don'tfeel obliged to cover any of them; write for a reader who won'tread the essay as carefully as you do, just as pop songs aredesigned to sound ok on crappy car radios; if you say anything mistaken, fix it immediately;ask friends which sentence you'll regret most; go back and tonedown harsh remarks; publish stuff online, becausean audience makes you write more, and thus generate moreideas; print out drafts instead of just looking at themon the screen; use simple, germanic words; learn to distinguishsurprises from digressions; learn to recognize the approach of anending, and when one appears, grab it.