Wednesday, December 17, 2014

How to write an Essay.

Greetings everyone, today I am going to attempt to teach you guys how to write an essay. Since I started following people and reading blogs I have noticed that the majority of the youngsters haven't a CLUE on even the ABC's of this fine art. Essay writing is far different than fiction writing because there is no conversation in it, (usually) nor is it supposed to be all that creative. Essays are for stating facts, nothing more nothing less.
I have been writing essays since I was nine years old. I really wish I could have found my very first essay to share with you. However, after searching high, and low, I came up empty handed. I am assuming it is in my school paper box from that year, because that notebook defiantly isn't in my room. Although I do remember it. The essay was on honesty. It got to about 50 words then quit. Kat's got to around 75 words then also quit, Glitter's pushed to 200 then also just quit. Can you guess what I consider the hardest thing? Closing, Yep. (This, I would normally take out because it is a rabbit trail, but for education purposes I shall leave it in.)
To write a good essay you must first sit down and decide on what your topic is. For, without a topic, you will not have an essay. With Fiction writing you can just go fun with characters doing silly thing that dosen't move the plot along. However with Essay writing this is not the case. You have to sit down and think through the entire essay first. Whether you use the ABC system, the spider system, the tree diagram, or whatever.


Spider or mind map

Personally, I prefer to use the spider diagram. The others are nice, and I have used them. However, I find the spider diagram the easiest to use. So before I sit down to write an essay, I sit down with my spider diagram first, and mentally insert the topics into the different squares. Yes, I said Mentally. I hate writing things down, so I am a bit lazy and I just stare at the page talking myself through where I want to put what. This, I suppose, why I forget topics so often. Although, when I started writing essays I did always write everything down first in my diagram. (Which ever one I was assigned to try that essay.)
Once I have a basic outline I go jogging. I take off from my desk and room and head down the road to talk myself through my outline. (This is why I don't write it down.) For every 30 minuets I spend writing, I probably spend an hour thinking, and two, studying. So for this essay I sat down and once I had decided the basic outline of it, I jogged my road twice, (two miles) thinking through exactly what I wanted to say.
Then, I sleep on the idea. Honestly, you would probably get longer posts if I wrote them in the nighttime, but Length isn't the point. The point of the essay is to cover all the bases that you want to cover. It can be 10,000 words long, or 52, just as long as the topic you chose explains what it was the topic is about. Here it being essay writing.
Alright, so I have my diagram, I have thought through what I wanted to say, now is where this gets tricky, putting all those thoughts and ideas into words. Now it is time to write the first draft of your essay. Or as my sister puts it. 'Now it is time to get yourself a rough giraffe.' :facehoof: Let's ignore that for a second, So, I get up early, brush my hair, wash my face, sit down, pull up my word document, then panic? No, Sometimes I do panic if it is an essay that I really don't want to write, and haven't prepared well for. However, most of the time, I just start writing. I start with an introduction. Now, what is an introduction? Let's look at this word for a moment, intro, I know, in Latin means to enter, or inside. Duction... I don't know. Alright you don't know the meaning of a word. What do you do?
You look it up! It is alright to find during the coarse of your essay that you don't know the answer to something. That is what essay writing is all about, discovering answers. Alright so I go up there to the search engine and type in, Latin Dictionary. Since I look up Latin words all the time it immediately sends me over to http://www.latin-dictionary.net/ My favorite place to look up these words. So I search and... come up with all these words but none of them are quite it. So, I back out and go to my other dictionary, Dictionary.com. Now over here, I can scroll down to the bottom and check to see where a word originated from. As I can see Introduction did originate in Latin. So that dictionary should have given me a definition. So I return to my Latin Dictionary and try again. This time I look more carefully at the words to see if I can figure out which one the root word Duction goes with... But wait! I see my problem now! Duction isn't a root word! tion is an suffix! So Duc is my root word here.
designate, declare intention of giving
I look this up and I immediately have an answer that makes sense. I know the suffix tion means 'state of being.' So I now can figure out what introduction means. It means (approximately) To enter, and declare intention of giving.' Now let's check the dictionary. Now reading through the dictionary definition I pretty much am spot on.
So, when I say I need to Introduce the topic. I am saying I need to enter and present. (you guys see that?) To put it in the terms of my pastor,
"Girl, ya got ta -step in, and say it! Then ya got ta tell it ta them again. And then, just to make sure they understand what ya said. Ya got ta say it to them a third time."
And even then do you miss something. :rainbowlaugh: Alright so you introduce the topic. Up there at the top I did so, so I won't go into this fine art a second time. I am at the B stage of my essay, the B-ody.
Now let's go into it. So, what is a body? It is where you present the argument, information, or whatever so others can understand the introduction. When I first started writing I almost never did anything other than bodies. I said what I wanted to say then got out of there.
Folks, that is not how you do it. A good body is where that outline comes in handy. I now, mentaly, glance through my essay outline checking off all the different things making sure I am where I want to be. Besides missing two points that I have decided is irrelevant. (Who taught me, and how often I do these things) I am exactly where I want to be in this essay.  
The body, in my opinion is the funnest part, because you get to go a bit wild, and, as long as you stay with your points you can do whatever you want. Not quite everything. I don't need to, at that word wild, go off into a tangent about cutting trees in the jungles of Africa! That would just be silly! You don't go off into bunny trails when working on your essay. One of the things I have learned from my English curriculum is how to spot bunny trails, and get rid of them. When you are writing an essay you need to avoid getting off topic. You need to hit your points, efficiently and cleanly. You need to pay attention to your outline, Whether it is a mental, or physical one.
Alright, so you are now done hitting all of your points. Now what? C-losing. The art of a good closing is to quickly hit everything you just said, paying close attention to what you said above. You quickly recap everything and then say farewell.
Alright, you have A-n introduction, A B-ody, and a C-losing. (ABC) You are done right! No, absolutely not. Remember we are still working with a ROUGH giraffe. Now it is time to really stretch your mind and think through everything you know about the English language and how it works. If you can, find yourself a proof reader and/or editor to help you. Let them read over it and point out any flaws in what you just wrote. For me, This is my sister, mother, or grandmother. For blogs getting an editor isn't a must, however most of my essays are for school, and are the entity of my English, and History grades. So when I write I make sure it is as clean as I can get it to make sure I don't get a C or D in those classes. Now, I go back up to the top and read down through everything that I have written checking grammar, spelling, and content.
Alright, Now, i have written the essay, I have a clean, informative introduction, a Efficient body, and conclusive closing. I have sat down and double checked for erros, I have sent it off for editing, I'm done right? Yep, Pretty much. Now, You have to double check your title.
What? double check my title? WHY? Very simply folks, You might have the best essay in the world, but unless it matches the title that you give it, you will never get a good grade. This essay is on how to write an essay. Did I accomplish that? Well... Let me see, As far as how I write essays, it does a good job, however not everyone thinks the same way I do. This is simply my opinion! This whole thing is how I write essays. True I have been doing it for eight years, I have tried may methods, read many books, and have a lot of facts. However the fact of the matter is, this is still only really covering how I do it, because the other methods didn't work for me, I only touched on them.
Alright, knowing that, I read back down through keeping everything I know, everything I have learned, in mind as I think about the title, and essay all the while. Does the title do a good job at capping what the essay is about? I did say how to write. I put in things that the school books teach, so will I change my title from 'How to write an essay,' to 'How do I write Essays'?
No, because an essay is all about showing your point of view, in a clean, informative manner. If someone disagrees, they should write their own, and share it. Or, politely show their point of view to the author of the Essay.
Alright, Now, I have written it, checked my ABC's, grammar, and spelling. I have thought of the title and essay as a whole, I am ready to publish.
So, folks, I hope this helps all of you when trying to write. This is just essay writing, There are many other forms, and in the blogging community they are all, alright. The job of a blog is to share your opinions and ideas, and to help you grow as a writer, and eventually, author. I hope you enjoyed reading about what I do in writing essays. I'll see you all soon, 
V. Kathie Ardnek. 

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