The first step towards writing an award-winning essay is the topic selection. Sometimes it’s your professor who will assign you the topic, but there are times when you have to choose the topic yourself. If you're given the topic, then first decide what type of essay you want to write. Should the essay be an argumentative or persuasive?
But if you have to choose the topic, then decide a topic that is close to your heart and also interesting. Don't go for a topic that is complicated, in this way you will not be able to generate an effective essay.
Outline Your Essay
Once you are done with the topic selection, then the next important step is to draw an outline. Now, this particular step is significant. Here is why!
You must have many ideas in your mind, Right? So in this step what you do is, you write down all the ideas that are already in your mind. Just take a pen and paper and write everything that is there.
This way, you will be able to see and develop connections among your ideas. It will serve as the basis for the essay. In this case, you can either write down your ideas, or you can draw a figure to arrange all your ideas
Develop a Thesis Statement
Ok, so now you are done with topic selection and also you have written your ideas. The next most important step is writing a strong thesis statement. The purpose of the thesis statement is; it gives a general idea to the readers that what your topic is all about.
To do this, go through your outline and look for main ideas. The first part of the thesis statement is your topic while the second part should state the points of the essay.
Now that you have written the thesis statement, the next step is to write an introduction. Your introduction should be strong and interesting enough to grab the attention of your readers.
Begin this part by something interesting that can grab the readers focus. Start with dialogue or a short story. Whatever it is, try to develop a connection between the introduction and thesis statement.
The main body of your essay should contain two to three paragraphs. The paragraphs should be strong enough to prove your point. Don't forget to include facts, statistics or even personal experience to support your points. Also, keep in mind that the paragraphs should be inter-linked.
Happily Ever After Part.
This is the most important step.