A good essay must have this permanent quality about it; it must draw its curtain round us, but it must be a curtain that shuts us in not out” -Virginia Woolf
The word essay has been derived from the French word ‘essayer’ meaning “to try” or “to attempt”. An essay is thus, a literary initiative to describe and comprehend a situation, to the best ability of the author. Writing a meaningful and strong essay has been one of the most intriguing mysteries of the academic world. As the scope of an essay is immense, close to infinity, there can be in no proven or scientific parameter to gauge the intensity of an essay. An essay can be anything and everything which can perfectly explain and comment on a given subject. The reader of the essay can be termed as the final judge to determine, how good an essay is. The essay should be such that it can reflect the actual situation through a spectrum of thoughts, in a manner which can keep the interest and facts on the same boat. All the words and sentences written for the subject should be synchronized in a perfectly uniform structure, providing a platform to the reader to closely analyze the thoughts, and in some cases, should be able to drive home a point
Although there is no proven or tested formula to write a good essay, we can surely churn out few tips and tricks to write a successful essay. Some of these are
1. Comprehending the subject
This is the one of the most important thing to remember while penning an essay. What is the subject matter? What should be the essay all about? These questions should have a ready answer with the author, who is about to write an essay. Without properly understanding and comprehending the subject, nobody can even write a sentence within an essay. Before starting with the essay, the subject matter should be carefully studied upon, and self-conclusions regarding the topic should be present in the mind. Once this is over, you can safely assume that half job has been completed.
2. Targeting the audience: Hitting bull’s eye
Before commencing the journey of writing a successful essay, one should always keep in mind the audience of the essay. Which type of audience will read the essay? What is the purpose of this essay? Any author should be well prepared to answer these questions. In case the essay is being written for the admission panel for some business school, the pointers and logic within the essay should be portrayed in a manner, which can best describe the candidate’s profile within the scope of the essay
3. Good essay means clear and concise thoughts
This is by far the most relevant definition of an essay. A good essay is a structure of sentences which is easy to understand, a delight to comprehend, and compact in a way which is a joy to the reader. The thoughts and the views should be always showcased on a presentable manner. These qualities should be embedded in the essayist in order to create the perfect essay
4. Creating the first draft: Initiate it!
Initializing the first draft of the essay is as important as completing the whole task. It has observed numerous times that the first step towards essay becomes a huge task for the beginners. Once the task of creating an essay has been determined, the potential author should just initiate the process of writing, without any fear or comprehension. Once the first draft has been created, the base and the platform for the essay is ready, ready to be launched for the final version.