How to write a three paragraph essay: a step-by-step guide
Many people shy away from the prospect of putting pen to paper for writing an essay. You know that essay writing is a complex, tiring, and a frustrating job. However, it can be made simpler if you prepare your outline properly and follow a systematic approach. The best way to learn to write is to read other people’s essays and analyze them. You can follow this systematic guide to writing a basic essay with three paragraphs in the body:
- Choose a good topic: the importance of topic selection cannot be overstressed. A good topic means the difference between excellence and mediocrity. Keep in mind your own interest in the topics you are considering. Also, make sure that the topic you select is current and relevant.
- Brainstorm: Brainstorming alone with a pen and paper in hand, or with a friend is absolutely essential to come up with ideas and arguments for your essay. Stick with this step because your essay’s life depends on it!
- Make an outline: Another of those very essential steps. An outline is a map of your essay so to speak. It shows what starts where and goes to which point. You can make your outline in the regular note-the-points format, or draw a mind map of the essay. What you are looking to do is to organize your thoughts in the form of three main points you want to make. Each of your three points has to be supported with evidence. Add three supporting points or evidence points under every main point.
- Write the body of the essay: By now, you are well into the process to make this step a piece of cake. All you need to do is arrange your main points and supporting points in three paragraphs. Use coherent sentences that follow each other for ease of reading.
- Write the introduction: You can do this step before writing the body of the essay if you like. Your introduction is like hooks that you use to keep your reader go on reading. Your opening line (unfortunately) more or less determines the outcome. Your reader may lose interest right here if their attention is not grabbed by your introduction. This paragraph should contain the topic, your stance, and your main points that you will later use to augment your position.
- Write the conclusion: Conclude your essay with a paragraph that gives the reader a sense of time-well-spent. Make sure you include a call to action or a question so that your essay does not slip their mind as soon as they stop reading.
- Proofread: Self-evident but greatly ignored! This step is what gives your essay a shine and sheen. Bad grammar and misspellings can ruin an otherwise stellar essay.