Essay: writing rules

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The most important secret of the essay is the absence of any rigid rules. But it will be nice if you come up with a headline and try to preserve the typical structure of the text, providing for the introduction, the main part and the conclusion. It is not necessary to make an introduction and conclusion on some formal rules. The essay is not an abstract or even an article, and therefore does not need such typical phrases as:

“This article is about …”

“I want to tell the reader about …”

“The purpose of this work is …”

“I came to such conclusions as: …”

There is no need for service paragraphs, phrases, words that don’t carry any meaning. There is no need for a clear structure.

Unfortunately for some students and fortunately for future readers, the essay still shouldn’t be a disjointed set of words and phrases. The lack of clear rules for writing essays and complete freedom of action doesn’t at all give you carte blanche for  illegible, full of factual, logical and spelling mistakes text. Therefore it is better to stick to some framework.

A few recommendations to the beginning essayist:

Remember the topic and purpose of the essay. Your text should meet the title and the topic that you raise. Do not spread your head across the tree, unless your idea requires it. Excessively detailed descriptions, even artistic ones, can do you a disservice.

Specify the approximate amount of work for the teacher or employer and stick to it. Do not think that your zeal will be appreciated if you write a two-volume book on the topic “How I came to the profession of a doctor” or “What does higher education mean for me”. Of course, if you are a future Chuck Palahniuk or heir of Nietzsche and know how to entice the reader with ideas or narrative, you can take a chance and write 20-30 pages instead of two or three pages. Do you consider yourself a talented author? Come to the library, open any essay of a famous writer or philosopher, read. Did not fall asleep on the first page? Compare your style with the style of the author. Two-three pages are usually quite enough to fully reveal the topic.

Divide the text into paragraphs, dilute the subheadings, if necessary, use visual formatting tools. Your ability to keep the idea in a paragraph for a whole page does not interest anyone – such a paragraph simply will not be read. Make your text convenient for the reader.

Come around without a long entry. You write for the prepared reader (probably only the one who asked you a topic for the essay). You do not need to talk about the urgency of the problem, the importance of its solution for a modern person, you do not need to list the goals and objectives of the essay, as you did in the abstract or course. Start right away. The same applies to the conclusion. Do not waste the reader’s time.

Your text should have a structure. Introduction and conclusion should be by default, even if they are one or two lines long. It is important to structure the main part.

Use the graphical editor and spelling check. Make indents, select the headings, put that line spacing, which will make the text readable. Make sure that your essay is pleasant to read. Well, pay attention to spelling and punctuation. On the part of punctuation Word – not always a true helper, and some grammatical errors can be tolerated even with an auto-test. Therefore, before you take the essay, let him read to a literate person. You can help a classmate, a professional proofreader or an editor.