By: Amanda Gochez
I have touched on topics such as: novels, publishers, and literary agents. What I haven’t touched on at all is essay writing. Books are not the only thing that should be focused on for writers. There are the brilliant scholarly publication essays that we students use to get a creditable source for a paper!
I did a little research and Oxford helped me out greatly. Essay writing is pretty similar to what goes into the guts of a manuscript. If we have essay writers reading this, this blog is dedicated to you and I hope these tips help!
- Think of your reader- Audience is always the first question when writing a novel, so it makes sense that in Essay’s you have to think of them too. Professors? Examiners? Since they read many of these, they know what they want answered. Also, think of time spent they have to dedicate to these essay’s. Keep it an easy read but fill it with details so they can quickly see where you are going with it.
- Three-act structure: I mean we have all heard the beginning, middle, and end. How about the set-up, crisis, and resolution? I feel as though we all we all know what they mean because we are writers, but maybe breaking it down further will help someone. Set-up establishes characters, drama, and sets the tone for the story. Crisis is the “what!” moment. The turning point of the story if you will. Resolution- the drama has climaxed, and solutions are being found.
- Make sure you have a great opening line, so people are hooked!
- Metaphors- Use them! They are interesting to read and sometimes easier to visualize something. They are very important in creative writing. Example: “Don’t go chasing waterfalls, please stick to the rivers and the lakes that you’re used to.” TLC really knew how to use a metaphor.
- Imagery- The audience wants to see what you are saying. Show them! Don’t tell them!
- Editing-Read through it, make the changes necessary, but it might help to have someone else read it too. My last blog was about editing, so if you need some advice on what to do or where to turn, check it out.
- Journalize it- What I mean is, keep a notebook handy to write down your ideas. You never know if your next idea can be your big break!
- CELEBRATE your creativity.
If you want more details on these topics check out the article I read on essays. I never realize how much essay writing related to manuscript writing. I hope this helped you essay readers!
Oxford Royale Academy. July 21, 2014. https://www.oxford-royale.co.uk/articles/techniques-creative-writing-improve-essays.html