Essay Writing Prompts: Always Start Early

Answering prompts as a way of writing an essay is a popular assignment. You know every other student has exactly the same prompt so how do you make yours unique and rise above the crowd? There are some strategies you can use; one of them is to take considerable time thinking about it. There’s one good reason to start early. You must follow some type of process in order to write a good essay using prompts. A process might look something like the following:

  1. Look for words in the prompt that tell you what to do. For example, an expository prompt tells you to explain or describe something. So for this type of essay you don’t need to form an argument or state your opinion.
  2. Do a brainstorm session for ideas about what the prompt is asking you. If your essay is supposed to be around 5 paragraphs, you don’t need to come up with too many ideas. Just enough to focus on what’s important.
  3. Create your thesis statement. This tells the reader exactly what you’ve decided to describe. It helps you stay focused while writing the body of the essay.
  4. Come up with 2-3 strong topic sentences that can provide support to your thesis statement.
  5. Write the introduction for your essay. The thesis statement is always the last sentence of the introduction.
  6. Write the body of the essay. Use one paragraph for each main point.
  7. Write the conclusion of the essay.
  8. Revise, proofread, and edit.

Even though the step process may seem like a lot of work, it helps keep you on the right track with your essay. Following a process such as this gives you a framework so you know exactly what you need to do next. Each time a step is complete, you are closer to being finished your essay.

Trying to complete a great essay in only a short amount of time is seldom successful. It doesn’t give you any time to explore your thought or choose better words in your writing. You always need adequate time allotted for editing and revising as well. That’s how you put the finishing touches on an essay and take it up one level.

Once you’ve tried the process you’ll find that it really does take a lot of the stress out of essay writing and you’ll want to do it this way next time as well.

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