This is the third article in a three-part series on how to write a successful essay.
First, read “Writing a good essay” and “Writing an essay that isn’t a good one” to learn how to improve your writing.
Then read “How to write good essays” and the following related article.
Then, read about how to get good grades in college.
In this installment, I’ll share with you my favorite essay writing tips.
Read the previous installments of this series.
Part 1: Writing a good introduction The first step to writing an essay is to figure out what your audience wants to know about you and what they need to know.
The next step is to put that information into words.
In my opinion, that’s the most important step of any essay.
The words have to be concise and to the point.
And if you’re not careful, your audience will forget about you.
The goal of a good introductory essay is simple: to get them to open their minds to the essay and begin thinking about your topic and the things you’re trying to say.
That way, they’re ready to dive in.
The first thing I’ll discuss is how to start with a paragraph.
A paragraph is just a small, condensed list of words and phrases that describe your topic or topic-related activity.
To create a good intro paragraph, you can start by adding a few sentences that explain the main points of your topic.
To start, I’d like to show you an excerpt from the new book, The Four Habits of Highly Effective People.
This excerpt is from chapter 5: “To succeed, you must always make the best of everything, which means you need to be constantly working toward new opportunities and finding new ways to do what you love.”
As you can see, this chapter talks about the benefits of being a highly successful person and the kinds of things that you should do to be successful.
When writing an intro paragraph for an essay, you should always make it as concise as possible.
If you do a good job with your words, you’ll make it easy for your reader to follow along.
The second step is writing an introduction.
Your intro should be as short and simple as possible, but still give the reader enough information about your story to make them feel like you’re getting to the main point.
An intro is a simple statement that will explain the gist of your article, which is usually the topic of the article.
It should be concise, not boring, and should be memorable.
The third step is outlining your ideas.
The idea of your essay is what makes you tick, so you want to explain why you want the reader to care about your idea.
If the reader isn’t sure what your idea is, he or she won’t know how to use it.
To make an idea catchy and memorable, write something like, “The idea of this essay is that a group of friends, who all live in the same town, are working together to find a cure for a deadly disease.”
This is your intro paragraph.
If your essay isn’t long enough to be a complete sentence, start with two sentences that summarize what your essay proposes.
In other words, say, “Here’s the main idea of my essay.”
You want to make it short and to-the-point, but also have enough information for your readers to understand what you’re talking about.
Once you have your basic outline in place, you need a few additional steps to get the reader going.
The most important of these steps are paragraphs that give your readers some context and context-enhancing information.
For example, I’m going to show how to put the title of a great essay in a paragraph so that it makes it easier for the reader.
Your introduction should be long enough so that you can explain the essence of the topic in a few simple sentences.
I’ll give you some examples.
Here’s how to make a good article title.
Write, “This essay proposes a cure that could stop people from dying of HIV.”
You can start your introduction by explaining how the cure works, and what it does for your patients.
Then you can add a few paragraphs to explain how the reader can use the cure and how it could help others.
When you add these paragraphs, make sure you explain the details so that your readers understand how the treatment works.
And then, at the end, make a sentence or two that summarizes what your readers want to know from the introduction.
These three steps make your introduction to an essay an effective introduction.
In the next installment, we’ll take a closer look at what constitutes a good, concise introduction.
Part 2: Writing an effective summary The final step of writing an effective intro paragraph is to add a little bit of background.
If all of the information in your introduction is too technical or is too lengthy, you may end up with a long and confusing introduction.
The key is to keep your background short, simple, and memorable.
Here are some common mistakes you can make with your introduction