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An essay assignment of 1000+ words can feel daunting. How to start? What to write? Don’t panic; I have made a comprehensible step-by-step guide for you. Before we begin, make yourself comfortable.

Set yourself down with some paper and a pen. Make it comfortable, get a cup of coffee or two.

Without further ado, let us begin.

A topic and a purpose

Sometimes your assignment will contain a topic, in which case you can skip this step. First and foremost, your topic needs to interest you; otherwise, the essay will be a burden to write. To find some inspiration, you can start by searching for topics in your field of expertise, such as “Health economics essay”. By skimming through the results, you can find the topics up for discussion in your field.

Did you find a topic yet?

Let’s find a purpose! If the topic is something you are very passionate about, you could write a persuading essay. If you chose a topic that you consider yourself knowledgeable about, you could write an informative essay.

Info dumping

Remember that pen and paper you laid down in front of you? Pick up that pen!

Write down everything you know about your topic. Don’t be afraid to write down individual words or half-complete sentences. The purpose of this step is to create a structure. Take a look at what you just put on the page; I bet you can find some main ideas.

Diagram outline

Put your main ideas in a diagram. This will act as a guide for writing your body and conclusion. You can keep this next to your first draft and see if the structure still makes sense.

Create a statement

The statement is the backbone of your essay. It contains your topic and states the point you will make. Put some effort in formulating it clearly. After formulating your statement, you can ask for feedback from a professor or family member.

The statement has to answer at least one of these questions for your reader, preferably two of these:

  • What is this essay about?
  • Why is the point relevant for me?
  • How does this point counter any arguments I have?

A statement must be:

  • concise;
  • contentious;
  • coherent.

An example:

The invention of Braille transformed the lives of blind people in the nineteenth century and, its success depended on mainstream acceptance by sighted teachers and the debates about disabled people’s place in a society shaped the process.

Write the essay

Now we have arrived at the actual writing stage. It is crucial to keep in mind that the introduction is difficult to write when you don’t have the essay yet. The most logical order, in my opinion, is:

  • The body of your essay;
  • The introduction;
  • The conclusion.

The body of an essay starts with general information about the topic. After this, start writing down the first main idea and its’ supporting statements, then the second, etcetera. Keep your word count goal in mind because it can help you determine how many main ideas you should mention.

The introduction should make your reader curious and engaged. The first sentence determines whether or not they will want to read the rest of your essay. Read some introductions of articles you can find online. In these introductions, you will probably find some interesting parts and some less exciting parts. Look for characteristics that make a sentence engaging for you. If you can determine what makes you interested, try to make your reader then similarly interested.

Your conclusion should be concisely, clearly and firmly stated. Always link the conclusion back to your statement and summarise your main ideas. In the final sentence, you could write a reflection on the importance of your topic.

  • Remember that this final part can never contain new information;
  • Don’t repeat anything in the conclusion, write everything just once;
  • It has to be memorable.

Revise

This final step speaks for itself. Revise because you will always find little bits here and there to improve.

Good Luck!