Essays

Write an effective essay!

WRITING A LITERARY ESSAY

Here are some tips to help you improve the quality of your writing:

1. Have a beginning, a middle and an end.
– Write something to grab the attention of your reader.
– Tell your story or your ideas or your observations.
–  Write something memorable at the end.

2. Divide your work into paragraphs.

– Group similar ideas together.
– If you include quotations, change paragraphs when you change speakers.
– Use topic sentences or transition sentences.

3. Use a logical sequence of ideas.

– Don’t jump around all over the place as if you are thinking aloud.
– Use transition words to help your ideas flow smoothly.

4. Show emotion.
– If you sound distant or disengaged, your reader won’t care for your writing.
– Emotions make your writing powerful.

5. Use powerful words and phrases.
– Pay close attention to your verbs, adverbs and adjectives.
– Use a dictionary or thesaurus to hep you find more precise words.
– Include some figures of speech such as alliteration, similes, metaphors.

6. Don’t forget that the conventions matter!
– Sloppy grammar, punctuation and spelling show that you don’t care about your writing. No one else will care, then, either.
– Ask for special tutoring sessions if you need extra help learning the rules of correct English.

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