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Essay Writing Overcoming a Students NightmareThe most common form of writing is the essay and knowing how to write one effectively is a fundamental skill for writers of all ages The essay is not only used for academic papers Feature articles business reports and even letters to the editor follow the same pattern introduction body conclusion Unfortunately few are taught the essay format thoroughly in high school and when students enter university they may be writing them for the first time Never fear Essay writing may seem an insurmountable obstacle but once you learn the tricks of the trade writing them becomes easier even enjoyable The method used is almost identical for freelancers so if you are an aspiring writer learning the essay format can put you ahead of the competition All essays follow the same pattern of production choosing a topic and focus preparing an outline researching drafting and producing a final version You will develop more passionate well argued essays if you write about a subject that sincerely interests you Developing your own ideas is also a good exercise as it is the freelancers job to sell an idea to an editor If specific topics are assigned however look for these key words that can narrow the type of essay you must write DefineGive a concise meaning of the topic CompareContrast Examine the similaritiesdifferences between topics or ideas Analyze Show the nature and relationship of the topic Explain State the how and why where possible state causes The most common error students make is choosing a topic which is far too broad to explore in a standard essay For example writing about propaganda in World War II could not be adequately discussed in a ten page paper but it could be narrowed to discuss the propaganda efforts of British print media Once youve chosen a topic a thinking or incubation period gives you time to get used to the subject Professors may touch
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