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Heather Foslund 11.01.04 As an elementary student, you may have learned how to put together the five-paragraph essay. The essay is a piece of writing that consists of supporting evidence that proves a point one is trying to make or an idea one may believe in. Now that you people are older, essays donít have to be five paragraphs but they simply have to flow. Knowing how to write an essay is essential to learn. To write an essay you should choose a topic, organize your information, write a thesis, and know how to draft it out. Once you have these key steps down, writing an essay should be a piece of cake.

Staring at a blank piece of paper is easy. It wonít get one far. The first step to writing an essay is choosing a topic and working an essay around that topic. When choosing a topic, donít decide on anything too vague. For instance, if you decide to write about chemistry, you may find that there are tens of thousands of topics to discuss in chemistry - it must it narrowed down. A great way to choose a topic is to pick something you are interested in; this way, being interested in the topic you know what could go into it and what is essential for the reader to know. Another way to choose a topic is to pick one that you had experience in. These is more specific than having an interest in the topic because you will most likely have inside connections and also have better information in your supporting evidence. Finding a topic is easy when you pay attention to these suggestions but there is still some finer tuning you must prepare for when choosing a topic.

You may think you have an excellent topic now but, what if it is too vague. You must work on limiting your topic if this is available. Mentioned above, chemistry is too vague, there are many fields of chemistry to go into. To be more specific nuclear chemistry is a subject you may really want to do. This limits the topic to a certain branch in chemistry. Still, you could still narrow it down by discussing controversial issues in nuclear chemistry. This is something you must do to keep the reader aware no what you are writing about. Limiting your topic is also useful because it gives you some opportunity to possibly discover more information. You may not be an expert in a topic in nuclear chemistry so now you have the chance to learn more about it. It will also help you focus more on the specifics and help you compose a stronger composition in your essay.

Once you have discovered your essay topic, the second stage of ordering the essay can start. You must evaluate how you want to approach your essay by exploring the topic. You will research your topic to support it. If you donít little about your topic but are interested in it, you should begin to research some information you want to discuss in your essay. Your topic must have research available and it shouldnít be too hard to find. Research can be time consuming if you know too little about you topic; this is a step you want to gather efficiently but finish quickly because you still have a whole essay to write.

The research part of your essay can be a struggle if you donít know how to support the topic. This may give you writerís block, but you need the research information to help support your topic and to make a stronger composition. It will come natural to know what to eliminate as relevant information and what isnít. Having the information will help you find what ideas will support your topic. Supporting your topic is most important in persuasive essays because it is easiest to impact your reader with real facts rather than mere opinions. Once you have compiled all your research information, you must begin to generate ideas to put together your essay.

One of the best strategies for generating ideas would have to be free writing. By free writing you simply set aside a certain amount of time, (most people suggest five minutes), and write about your topic and how you want to approach it. The key to this mechanism is to not think about grammatical corrections or anything else to distract you from writing about your topic. When your times is up, re-read what you wrote down and evaluate it, underlining words or ideas you would like to bring up. This is an easy technique because it is the one that works for you. Ideas may have not surfaced in your head the same way you wrote them down and they may have been easier for you to gather your thoughts on a sheet of paper.

Another very useful way to produce new ideas for your essay is called questioning. Questioning helps you sort out ideas by asking specific questions that journalists use while interviewing a person. They use the five-Wís, which are who, what, where, when, why and also how. By doing this you can create specific questions you want to know about your topic or what you think will interest the reader and it is a great way to find out what you arenít so sure about on your topic, thus you may have to resort back to your research stage but, now it may be easier to find your information because you cut down to the specifics. This method of generating ideas is great for research essays, whether it be a persuasive or even an expository essay.

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