Essay - what is it, how to write it?


The term "essay" itself literally translates as an experience, a sample, an attempt, or an outline. It is an essay or sketch in free literary form. With an essay, you can describe some phenomenon in detail, relying only on your thoughts and feelings. An essay does not require you to give any clear evidence or state someone else's opinion. This essay requires you to describe your vision of a particular subject area.

The essay has nothing to do with scholarly research

It does not describe problems of society, religion, politics, and so on. It is a completely free field, where a schoolboy or student can focus only on himself or herself.

It may also be noted that there is something philosophical about the essay. Many interpret this fact as a literary-critical direction. Also essays can be referred to the historical and bibliographic direction. Experts say that often in essays there is a casualness, and sometimes, paradoxical utterances. Also, you shouldn't be afraid to write essays in the conversational genre. It doesn't mean that you have to have a dialogue with yourself. But simplicity of thought is only welcome here, which is akin to a conversational essay.

If you have been told to write an essay, you should be able to distinguish it by the following characteristics:

  • The reasoning is about a specific issue or topic. For example, an essay can't relate to a topic - the sky, per se. It can talk about why the sky is blue or what processes can happen in the sky during a thunderstorm and what the author thinks about it.
  • An essay is not written on a wide range of issues. It only touches on a part of an area.
  • The essay describes the author's particular impressions or thoughts.
  • An essay cannot be challenged for expressing certain thoughts. Let us not forget that it is a free form.
  • The relevance of the thought must be clearly evident in the essay. For example, if you are writing an essay on some literary work, you should not discuss the opinion of some critic about the work. You can only express your own opinion, or simply compare it with the opinion of another critic.
  • A competently written essay evaluates the personality of the author, his attitude towards certain things.

Today, schoolchildren and students are very often asked to write an essay. Moreover, when applying to some universities, it is required to write such an assignment. Sometimes young professionals are required to write something like a review about a certain subject. This is what an essay is. Sometimes the fate of an applicant for specific positions depends on how the essay is written. For employers, an essay can help reflect the key features and skills of a person.

If you don't know where to start, use a free-writing technique. Write down any thoughts that arise on the topic of the essay. Do not edit anything at this stage. This way you will catch the mood, understand what you want to say about it. Then, in this flow of thoughts, select the necessary ones.

You can make an introduction after you've written the main body of the essay. You will already know what the essay is about, and the introduction will be easier to formulate.

Use not only well-known facts, but also personal experience, memories, impressions to support your opinion. This will give the text emotionality.

It is of great importance when writing an essay to check the first version of the essay. When writing a draft, your main task is to develop an argument, polish your main thoughts and arrange them in a strict sequence, accompanying them with illustrative materials or supporting data, etc. After writing the first draft, let it rest for a day or two, and then go back to work on revising and improving it, on a "fresh head."

Certainly, to write an essay in such a way that it will stand out from the others, it is required to operate well with literary terms, to be able to structure your thoughts competently and clearly. But there are situations when your head is full of other things. For example, when a person gets a job, the last thing he thinks about is making his essay presentable. He will think only about improving his well-being at the expense of the new job. In such situations, the paper proofreading service are ready to come to your aid. You can order an essay today. The turnaround time is not more than 3 days.

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