How To… Start That Essay

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Have an essay to write with a set word count, but don’t know where to begin? Or perhaps you have already started and have realised you have now run out of things to say. Here are some tips to help get you started.

Make a plan

Before you have even sat down to write your essay make a detailed plan. Think about the topics you wish to explore and then within those the sub-topics you want to discuss and make bullet points or a mind map for each one. Once you have written your plan it’s a good idea to write your introduction and even your conclusion. The conclusion you might ask? — correct, as some actually find writing their conclusion first actually helps them to not only figure out what their opinions are on a particular topic but actually helps them to shape the essay as a whole.

To begin with, it’s essential to thoroughly understand the essay prompt or topic. Break down the question into smaller parts and identify the key concepts or themes that need to be addressed. This will help you create a clear and focused thesis statement, which will serve as the backbone of your essay.

Next, conduct thorough research on the topic. Gather a variety of sources, such as academic articles, books, and reputable online resources. This will not only provide you with a wealth of information to draw from but also help you develop a well-rounded perspective on the topic.

Once you have a solid understanding of the topic and have gathered enough research, it’s time to start outlining your essay. Begin by creating a rough outline of your main points, using your thesis statement as a guide. This will help you organise your thoughts and ensure that your essay flows logically from one point to the next.

When writing your essay, make sure to provide clear and concise explanations of each point, using evidence from your research to support your arguments. Be sure to properly cite all sources used in your essay to avoid plagiarism.

Started an essay but ran out of things to say?

If you do find yourself in this situation ask yourself what other points can I make? Make sure to go away and keep researching the various topics and arguments you can make in your essay. If need be, go back and check your plan, if there are any sub points that could be discussed or explored in more depth discuss these.

Struggling with the word limit?

If you find yourself in a situation where you have actually written more than you are expected to for your word count, don’t panic. It’s actually better to write more as that way you can edit it down afterwards. The best way to approach this situation is to check whether you have repeated yourself on several occasions. Or go back through your plan and number the key points you wish to make, any points that seem less important or possibly invalid feel free to edit these out at this stage.

If you find yourself struggling to meet the word count, consider expanding on certain points or providing additional examples to illustrate your arguments. However, be careful not to add unnecessary information or “fluff” to your essay, as this can detract from the overall quality of your work.

In conclusion, writing an essay with a set word count can be challenging, but with careful planning and organisation, it is definitely achievable. By thoroughly understanding the topic, conducting thorough research, creating a clear outline, and providing well-supported arguments, you can produce a high-quality essay that meets the required word count.

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