Essay writing is a great art. Most of our students think that they are bound to learn a few essays by heart and to re-write those essays in the examination. This assumption is totally baseless. Actually, an essay means a well-planned and well-connected piece of writing which contains the personal opinion and view point of a writer about some topic. You enjoy the freedom of expression of your own ideas and feelings. Observe things as they are, or as they appear to you and then describe your observation honestly without any other consideration. Your examiner will never penalize you even if your opinions differ with others. Professors of English are very open-minded.
Essay writing trains you in observing things, formulating your opinions and expressing your ideas. Select topic and show your individual knowledge and experience in simple but clear words. Try to be original in thought and expression. Don’t use difficult words and phrases which you don’t understand. Keep the following points in mind while writing as essay:
a. Select the topic about which you have factual knowledge. Don’t write about “A Visit To A Hill Station” if you have never visited a hill station.
b. Keep to the subject. Don’t stuff your essay with irrelevant material.
c. Be direct in approach and clear in expression.
d. Write in simple Use short and simple sentences.
e. Express your own knowledge about the topic.
f. Open your essay with some interesting and gripping sentence to attract the attention of your reader.
g. Give your essay light humorous touch, if possible.
h. Try to be optimistic in approach. Life has already become bard and gloomy. Show some light of hope and joy to your reader. Don’t add to the worries of your reader by being sad and hopeless.
i. You can make your essay interesting by describing a few anecdotes from your personal experience.
j. Divide your essay in paragraphs. Each paragraph should contain one aspect or thought.
k. Don’t exceed the given length of the essay.
l. Finish your essay in an impressive manner giving the concluding remarks.