How to Write a Short Essay

Writing is an art. It is not a science in the sense that it is a mechanical application of rules. Many of the world's best and most influential writers and essayists wrote in very eccentric styles. Examples include Friedrich Nietzsche, Georg W. F. Hegel and Plato. It is probable that much of their work, if submitted to a professor today, would be rejected as poor. Nevertheless, 

Writing is an art. It is not a science in the sense that it is a mechanical application of rules. Many of the world's best and most influential writers and essayists wrote in very eccentric styles. Examples include Friedrich Nietzsche, Georg W. F. Hegel and Plato. It is probable that much of their work, if submitted to a professor today, would be rejected as poor. Nevertheless, there are some basic approaches that, if followed, might improve your writing.
    Choose your topic with great care. If your essay is short, then it must be on a very specific topic. What you are going for is coherence first and influence second. Therefore, you should pick a topic that is highly specialized in its nature. Avoid topics like “The Communist Party in the Soviet Union,” which is absurdly broad, and craft a topic more like “The Soviet Communist Party's Views on Women in Stalin's Late Years.” This is a manageable topic.
    Set parameters. This means that you know which information is relevant and which should be included. For example, in researching the woman question in Stalin's era, focus on statements on woman's issues in the USSR. This might not include issues of health care spending or the life of children, but it will definitely include problems faced by the Soviet economy after World War II killed millions of its men. In other words, make sure your research is focused not just around a coherent and specific topic, but that you know what will impinge upon it directly and which only indirectly. For short essays, focus only on those things that directly affect your topic area.
    Write an outline. What you are doing here is creating a “fill in the blanks” structure. Once your research on the topic is done, write an outline that is dictated by your research rather than your own views on the topic. Begin with a thesis statement, your basic argument, the argument itself and a conclusion. Depending on the topic, including what others have said about it is also important. In a very short essay, this might be eliminated.re some basic approaches that, if followed, might improve your writing.

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