Writing an essay is developing an idea. Developing an idea requires arguments. And the arguments require reading to be grounded.
The way we develop an idea depends on the arguments we have to expose it. The idea can be accompanied by bibliographical sources, or be a complete argumentation of our creativity. When it comes to an academic essay, although it is true that the most important thing will always be creativity, it requires nevertheless to rely on bibliographical sources so that the problem and the hypothesis have academic validity.
Reading gives us ideas. From these ideas arises some central idea that we would like to develop, and to which we must support with arguments that arise from reading.
Some points to keep in mind when developing an idea are the following.
– $ – Know a subject sufficiently.
– $ – Have a defined perspective not to reiterate about what was said unnecessarily.
– $ – Have a certain idea that allows to coherently weave the wording according to the chosen theme and the problem posed.
Some points to keep in mind when developing an argument are as follows.
– $ – Writing with purpose, that is, knowing where it is headed.
– $ – Have a well defined central idea. This idea will be based on reasoning and supported by evidence, which comes from bibliographic or other sources.
– $ – There must be a logical coherence between each idea. That is, each idea must logically lead to the other.
For example, in the subject that delimited, violence through jealousy in the work of William Shakespeare entitled Othello, we have conceived an idea: violence through jealousy. Now what we need is to argue why there is violence, but above all, how violence manifests itself in Othello. For that we will resort to both the primary source and the secondary sources that have addressed this issue. If there are no previous works, then our work will be harder, but at the same time more free. What remains is to investigate bibliographically the problem of violence in some specific disciplines, such as psychology, sociology, social work, among others. This will provide us with some ideas that will simultaneously constitute our arguments when writing.
However, it is important to bear in mind how important the problem is and the formulation of a working hypothesis in an investigation.
Why? Because the problem raised will allow us to specifically search the material we occupy saving us time and energy by knowing exactly what it is that we occupy to develop our subject, and consequently, our central idea. The hypothesis, on the other hand, will provide a guide, but above all, an instrument of knowledge in trying to demonstrate why we consider that this or that phenomenon can be explained in this or that form. The hypothesis, in this sense, becomes a form of knowledge because it would be explaining a new way of understanding the reality of a phenomenon.
In conclusion. Having an idea and developing it requires good arguments, and the arguments in the academic work are obtained from the reading of specialized sources. Creativity and imagination will always be the most fundamental elements, but those that, for some reason, are the least often manifest.
Essay writing does not have to be typed as art. It is a procedure to which we can all have access. Therefore, there is in the essay writing certain technique or method that allows us to carry it out. Of course, it is one thing to know the method or the technique and another very different is to write well only from this technique. It takes knowledge and creativity to write essays. Not because we know by heart the scientific method is that we can do science. But if we know some fundamental steps, such as those I have presented to you, plus the habit of reading or disposition to know, essay writing will be more enjoyable. That is, reading more these elementary steps will allow us to write good academic papers, which will always have acceptance by the faculty.