I. First pay detailed attention to organization: Use a simple outline to plan out your essay, but start brain storming by coming up with three or four main points that will support your thesis statement before actually writing it. Now add at least three supporting details for each one of these points to form the body of the essay. Now, go back and come up with a thesis statement, followed by rewording the three topic sentences in the body. The conclusion similarly should refer back to the beginning and summarize the main points in the body.
1. Sentence summarizing the three main points in each of your paragraphs.
2. Offer a suggestion that the reader of the essay should follow or offer a solution to a problem that the topic of the essay poises.
II. Now concentrate on making sure your thesis and topic sentences really show that you have thought deeply (or at least more deeply than it seems like you are thinking here) about your topic: To make sure you come up with really detailed thesis and topic sentences, try combining two short sentences through coordination (placing a comma before for, and, but, or, yet, nor, or, so or else by using a semicolon, a transition word, and a comma; for example, however, furthermore, or moreover; or else make the thesis topic sentence more detailed by using subordination (placing a word that turns a complete sentence that makes sense by itself into a fragment by using a subordinating adverb (since, because, if, when, while, although) and then joining it to the complete sentence following it with a comma (If the reader thinks deeply about this question (fragment), he or she will come up with an appropriate response), or putting the subordination word before the dependent clause in the middle of the two sentence. You ordinarily won't need a comma here (The reader will come up with an appropriate response if he or she thinks deeply about this question).
III. Now look for some really obvious grammar errors: 1) If you start in a particular tense (present, past, or future), stay in that tense throughout the essay. Most literary essays are in present tense. 2) If you start in the singular, stay in the singular throughout your essay (Don't switch between I and we and he or she and they). Most formal essays particularly at the university level also don't use you. By the way, they also don't use contractions (words like don't , can't, and won't for words like don not, cannot, or will not).
IV. Now for some style: Try to write in active voice rather than passive voice. In active voice, somebody does something; for instance, "When I first saw this assignment, I dreaded writing this so much, I tried to get someone to write it for me." Passive voice doesn't have an actor, however: When our class was assigned this essay, I dreaded writing it because . . . " Don't try to impress your instructor with SAT style vocabulary words. Instead, write simply and from the heart. For instance, if you don't understand something or don't like it, explain why.
V. Check to see if you need to document your quotations using MLA style. Make sure to embed your quotes within your essay, explaining your ideas about the symbolism For extra help on your essay, goggle Purdue OWL.
VI. Don't try to pass off someone's work as your own. Profs use services that analyze your writing to make sure its your own. Furthermore, most experienced instructors can easily determine whether plagiarism from years of experience.
No one can really write your essay for you since essays explain the author's own feelings and thoughts about a topic.
-- Good luck from a retired rhetoric and composition professor
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