In your student career, essays are inevitable. Some students can easily produce an essay out of thin air, while others have a harder time. Following are some suggestions on how to tackle common essay writing troubles you may encounter:
Just starting an essay can inhibit any progress, and the main cause for procrastination. To overcome this writer’s block, the first thing you can do is identify your purpose. Write your purpose at the top of a blank page. Now, brainstorm any and all ideas without censoring yourself. If this proves to be difficult, set a timer for 5 minutes and write everything that comes to mind, no matter what it is, without stopping.
After identifying your purpose, what you know, and what you want to say in your paper; draft a thesis. Before fitting your thesis into one sentence, identify what is necessary for your thesis. Restructure it until you get what you want. Keep in mind that you may not be satisfied with your thesis until you are practically done writing your essay, so don’t stress too much over it. Your instructor can assist you if you are really stumped.
Confronting a topic, it is not unusual to become overwhelmed with information. You may want to put everything in your essay, but that only makes your essay confusing and hard to follow. The skeleton of your essay, the outline, is essential in keeping you on your message. The 3 main parts are the introduction, the body, and the conclusion. To keep the fluidity of your essay, stick to a pattern, and don’t stray from it.
I. Major point to support thesis
A. Minor point to support your thesis
1. Evidence to support thesis
Overusing quotations is a problem. It may be very tempting since who can say it better than the expert on the subject? You may not say it better, but you can still say it. If you find you have too many quotes that cited in your essay, take a few out, internalize them, and say them in your own words, they way you understand them.
Generalizing throughout your essay will weaken your argument. If you find generalizations throughout your essay, take time out to address what you are generalizing to pinpoint what you are trying to say.
No matter the issue, your instructor and peers are available to help you through any trouble you may have to tackle.