The most important thing your essay needs is a thesis statement. The thesis statement is generally found in your first paragraph and it is the crux of your paper. Everything hinges on that thesis statement. Without it, your essay has no focus. The thesis statement in this essay is “if you take [the essay writing process] step-by-step, you’ll be okay.”
Most of the time, when you are given an essay topic, you’re going to have to do some degree of research. Chances are, you don’t know everything there is to know about the topic. A good place to start with your research is Wikipedia, however, you must never rely on Wikipedia alone as a source as it tends to be unreliable, and certain articles tend to be extremely biased one way or the other. If, as a writer for EssayPro, your client requires you to write an essay they can turn in for a college class, chances are you’re not allowed to cite Wikipedia as a source.
Wikipedia should only be used as a springboard for your research. As you’re reading the article, if you see something of particular interest, click the little number at the end of the sentence to jump to the source of that information in the footnote at the bottom of the article. If that source happens to be another article somewhere on the internet, click on it. That new document could provide you with a lot of new, citable information.
Once you’ve done your research, the next thing to do is figure out how to present this information. Here, we go back to that thesis statement. If you haven’t already picked a thesis statement for your essay, now is the time to pick one. Conversely, even if you’ve already picked a thesis statement, having now done your research provides you with an opportunity to change your thesis statement to something that would be better to argue for or against, based on the new information you’ve learned.
Once you have that thesis statement, write it down at the top of a blank piece of paper. Below it, start writing out an outline with information from your research, and think of the order in which you want this information to be presented. Don’t worry if your outline gets messy with things written in the margins with arrows linking information to other information, or things crossed out and written in other places: this is your pre-writing space. As long as you understand it and it helps you to organize your thoughts, it’s okay.
Now, the second-to-last-thing you have to do (which is also the most tedious part) is to actually write the essay. Remember that thesis topic; everything must orbit around that thesis. If a sentence or paragraph doesn’t relate to your thesis, get rid of it. Pretend you have to pay for every word you use—you only want to pay for words that actually relevant to the information you’re trying to get across. Keep it pithy!
Lastly, once your essay is done, you’re going to want to include a works cited page with information on all the sources you used to write your article. This should be the last page of your essay. As for how to write the works cited page, there are a number of automated websites available online that will automatically make citations for you in the proper format—but you still have to put in the information about the sources you used. This is probably the easiest part of the whole essay process, but the most important. If you don’t cite your sources properly, then you (and by extension, your client) could be guilty of plagiarism.
If you follow these steps when you research and write your essays, your career at your essay writing service will be long and rewarding. Just remember to stick to your thesis statement, keep your writing concise by making sure that every sentence is relevant to the topic, and cite your sources.