There are known to be 5 different types of essay writing. They are namely, narrative, descriptive, argumentative/ persuasive, expository and short- story. Now, the way you ought to write each essay varies, but the basic protocol involved to write any kind of essay compactly is the same and very basic.
- Mind- Map
To begin writing, you first need ideas. Use mind- mapping to list your ideas and assort them into 4 or 5 points. Then organise the structure of those points. This way, you won’t feel stuck because of the ‘starting problem’, where you can’t think of how to begin.
- One Topic Per Paragraph
First of all, an essay is always written in paragraphs. It needs to be fluid and uninterrupted. Bullet points interrupt the flow of your essay and they are also disorganised. Plus, a single paragraph does not allow you to accommodate many ideas. Use the points from your mind- mapping to create a single paragraph around each point. Stay connected and do not divert from the concept.
A single para for an introduction, 2 or 3 paragraphs for the body, and a one or two paragraphs at-most for conclusion should suffice your essay division.
- Medium- length Sentences and Vocabulary
Limit your sentences to a maximum of 10-13 words, and make use of distinct vocabulary. If you have used a word once in your essay, use a synonym of that word the elsewhere, thereby, avoiding repetition. Plus, create short to medium- length sentences to retain a reader’s attention and focus. Long sentences, will most likely make them forget what they have started reading in the first place, while you will also be risking proper sentence formation and verb usage.
- Use Different Kinds of Sentences
The beauty of speaking or writing in any language lies in the way one expresses it. Use diverse kinds of expressions in your essay to convey diverse forms of perception. For example, include the usage of an interrogative or an exclamatory sentence instead of mere assertion throughout the essay. Also, build simple, compound and complex sentences in each paragraph to ensure variety in your essay and also to put across clarity in your presentation.
- Spell- Check
Finally, spelling errors make your essay tedious to read. No reader wants to invest their time to skimming an incomprehensible essay. Check for spelling mistakes, punctuation and the do’s, don’t’, can’s, can’t’, will’s, won’t’ etc., at the end of your essay. Writing is enjoyable only when the script is not lexically challenged!