How to Write an Essay That Stands Out
Written by Stacy Alleyne
- 1 How to Take a Stand in a Thesis Statement
- 2 The Differences Between a Reflective & Narrative Essay
- 3 How to Write a Persuasive Essay
- 4 How to Write a Thesis for a Process Analysis Essay
Essays consist of several different components. The structure, form, style, cohesiveness and argumentation of an essay often vary from writer to writer. Achieving success in each component is what makes one essay stand out more than another. While some writers are great at achieving cohesiveness and style in essays, their argumentation might be weak. For other writers, the reverse might be true. But an essayist that can write an essay that is strong on all points will write stronger essays. Above all, essays that are unique, interesting and well-written will stand out from the rest.
When writing an essay for a college application, it is vital that your essay be unique and interesting. College admissions officers receive thousands of essays, and in order to be noticed, your essay has to be unique and interesting. According to a StudyPoint article, it is important that an essay is interesting enough to grab the reader’s attention. It is also important to narrow your focus so that the topic you write about isn’t too broad. Writing about a unique experience or your own particular view of a topic will help your essay stand out.
Essays follow a consistent and traditional structure. They must have a thesis statement that sets up the basic structure and organization of an essay. Typically, the thesis statement is an authoritative statement that is placed at the end of the introductory paragraph and acts as the essay’s blueprint to guide the writer and the reader through the major points of the essay. The more well-thought out and logical your thesis, the better your essay will be.
Anyone can write an essay that follows correct form and structure, but making effective stylistic choices is where authors can really make their essay shine. For example, if your essay is about how Facebook is creating a nation of people who are self-absorbed, you could write a general thesis and write a satisfactory essay that supports that thesis. However, taking it a bit further, your essay could be an analogy to a social disease called “postitis,” where people addicted to Facebook suffer certain symptoms. Carrying this extended metaphor throughout your essay adds stylistic and narrative elements. You can also use humor, sarcasm and other devices where relevant.
Including transitions and varied sentence structure can give your essay smoothness and flow. Avoiding the monotony of similar sentence structure engages readers. Varying sentence structure by including dependent phrases, appositives and other sentence formats will help you write an impressive essay. Also keeping your writing clear and concise is important when writing essays. Author Lauren Starkey stresses the importance of clarity in her book, “How to Write Great Essays.” She says it is important for writers to “say exactly what [they] mean as clearly and, in many cases, as concisely as [they] can.” Also, improper usage can harm an otherwise well-written essay.
Perhaps the most important part of writing an essay is having sound argumentation. If your thesis doesn’t make logical sense or isn’t well-supported by fact, then your essay could be a monument of style, but it will fall flat. You need to make logical arguments that are supported by facts in order to write a strong essay.
About the Author
Stacy Alleyne is a certified English teacher with a BA in English and graduate work in English, education, journalism and law. She has written numerous articles and her own dining column for the "Gazette."
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