Not Everyone Can Write Essays – Anyone can write an essay. Having a general idea or area of what you want to write about can cause a major explosion of ideas and paths to take in your essay. I have always selected my topics based on how many branches I could make out of a brainstorming explosion. The more branching I could do off of a few topics, the more detail I could offer on an each topic of interest. It presents for better reading with a greater knowledge of an area that I may have known relatively little of before the essay. It is quick and relative learning at best.
Just Beginning with Because – It is clearly a myth that one cannot properly begin a sentence with the word because. Because at the beginning of a sentence is known as a subordinating conjunction. When used correctly, it introduces the subordinating clause, or the portion of the sentence that can stand on its own. Just as in the case of other beginning sentence words, you don’t want to over use it. Example: Because I overslept, I forgot my lunch. It is after all a favorite word for those of us who love an argumentative essay.
It is Senseless for Me to Put so Much Effort Into This, I am Not Going to be a Writer. Everyone becomes a writer in some form or fashion. Every time you apply for employment, you are being judged for your communication skills before you even speak. It is the written word that is first seen. Are you worth speaking to in person? If you cannot articulate at the level of work performance the job requires, your work performance may suffer just as well. Not everything sounds better on paper.
Interesting and Impressive- A student may often fall victim to the myth that they need to write an essay that the instructor will find interesting and impressive. What a student needs to write about unless the topic is strictly assigned is something that they know about or are interested in. Write within your comfort level. Students who try to be overly impressive often make the most mistakes in word usage. You have lost your identity. You want to relate to your instructor but you don’t have to be him/her.
Don’t Add Personality- While there are certain assignments that call for a complete formal format, any essay you will ever write will involve a degree of personality. The word usages, placements and stances all entail a writer’s personality. Personality has nothing to do with remaining unbiased in an essay. Writing an Essay Just Happens- A good essay is formed (written) as you write it and reread it. A first draft is never the final draft. It is rough, rocky and loosely formed at best. It is a starting point and a guide.
Length is More and More in Length. Most essays will be assigned minimum word counts or page lengths. However, using excessive filler words and content does not make the article worthy, it makes it boring and useless as a learning or educational tool. Utilize your topic and complete your ideas within those areas. Do not try beat the topic dry.
There are No Rules: Following grammar, punctuation and formatting rules allows for an ease in communication between the writer and reader. It creates the natural flow of words that tell the story of what, when, who and/ or why.
Feedback is Overrated- Feedback allows all writers to improve their next idea or essay. It also allow them to gain confidence in knowing that they have done well and or improved in areas that may have been difficult in the past.
Paragraphs Have at Least 5 Sentences- The truth is a paragraph can literally be just one sentence. If the sentence needs to devote a powerful statement. It will often take on a paragraph of its own. It is perfectly formatted and grammatically correct.
Writing an essay may start out to be a scary thought but the second that first sentence is on paper, the flow of words can come on like a tidal wave. As long as the flow is moving, keep it alive. The essay can be refined on your rewrites. Myths on writing will always be there to act as excuses. Falling prey to them is a choice that only a confused writer will make.