Do you dread essay writing? Are you looking for some essay tips that will help you write an amazing essay—and have fun doing it?


Lots of students, young và old, dread essay writing. It’s a daunting assignment, one that often takes a lot of research, time, & concentration.

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It’s also an assignment that you can break up into simple steps that make writing an essay manageable & enjoyable.

I’ve discovered that these ten essay tips completely changed my writing process—and I hope that they can vì the same for you.

Essay Writing Can Be Fun

Honestly, throughout most of high school and college, I was a mediocre essay writer.

Every once in a while, I would write a really good essay, but mostly I skated by with B’s & A-minuses.

I know personally how boring writing an essay can be, & also, how hard it can be khổng lồ write a good one.

However, toward the over of my time as a student, I made a breakthrough. I figured out how to lớn not only write a great essay, I learned how to have fun while doing it.

I’d lượt thích to mô tả these ten essay tips with you today.

Why Writing an Essay Is So Hard?

When it comes to lớn essay writing, a lot of students find a reason khổng lồ put it off. & when they tackle it, they find it difficult lớn string sentences together that sound lượt thích a decent stance on the assigned subject.

Here are a few reasons:

You’d rather be scrolling through FacebookYou’re trying to lớn write something your teacher or professor will likeYou’re trying to lớn get an A instead of writing something that’s actually goodYou want to vị the least amount of work possible

The biggest reason writing an essay is so hard is because we mostly focus on those external rewards like getting a passing grade, winning our teacher’s approval, or just avoiding accusations of plagiarism.

The problem is that when you focus on external approval it not only makes writing much less fun, it also makes it significantly harder.


Because when you focus on external approval, you shut down your subconscious, & the subconscious is the source of your creativity.

The subconscious is the source of your creativity.

What this means practically is that when you’re trying lớn write that perfect, A-plus-worthy sentence, you’re turning off most of your best resources và writing skills.

So stop. Stop trying to lớn write a good essay (or even a “good-enough” essay). Instead, write an interesting essay, write an essay you think is fascinating. & when you’re finished, go back and edit it until it’s “good” according lớn your teacher’s standards.

Yes, you need to follow the guidelines in your assignment. If your teacher tells you to write a five-paragraph essay, then write a five-paragraph essay! If your teacher asks for a specific type of essay, like an analysis, argument, or research essay, then make sure you write that type of essay!

However, within those guidelines, find room to express something that is uniquely you.

I can’t guarantee you’ll get a higher grade (although, you almost certainly will), but I can absolutely promise you’ll have a lot more fun writing.

The Step-by-Step Process to Writing a Great Essay

Ready lớn get writing? You can read my ten best tips for having fun while writing an essay that earns you the đứng top grade, or checkout this presentation designed by our friends at Canva Presentations.

1. Remember your essay is just a story.

Every story is about conflict & change, & the truth is that essays are about conflict and change, too! The difference is that in an essay, the conflict is between different ideas, the change is in the way we should perceive those ideas.

That means that the best essays are about surprise: “You probably think it’s one way, but in reality, you should think of it this other way.” See tip #3 for more on this.

How bởi vì you know what story you’re telling? The prompt should tell you.

Any menu of essay prompts includes various topics and tasks associated with them. Within those topics are characters (historical, fictional, or topical) faced with difficult choices. Your job is to work with those choices, usually by analyzing them, arguing about them, researching them, or describing them in detail.

2. Before you start writing, ask yourself, “How can I have the most fun writing this?”

It’s normal khổng lồ feel unmotivated when writing an academic essay. I’m a writer, và honestly, I feel unmotivated lớn write all the time. But I have a super-ninja, judo-mind trick I like to use khổng lồ help motivate myself.

Here’s the secret trick: One of the interesting things about your subconscious is that it will answer any question you ask yourself. So whenever you feel unmotivated khổng lồ write your essay, ask yourself the following question:

“How much fun can I have writing this?”

Your subconscious will immediately start thinking of strategies to make the writing process more fun.

The best time to lớn have your fun is the first draft. Since you’re just brainstorming within the topic, and exploring the possible ways of approaching it, the first draft is the perfect place to lớn get creative and even a little scandalous. Here are some wild suggestions to lớn make your next essay a load of fun:

Research the most surprising or outrageous fact about the topic and use it as your hook.Use a thesaurus to lớn research the topic’s key words. Get crazy with your vocabulary as you write, working in each key word synonym as much as possible.Play devil’s advocate & take the opposing or immoral side of the issue. See where the discussion takes you as you write.

3. As you research, ask yourself, “What surprises me about this subject?”

The temptation, when you’re writing an essay, is to lớn write what you think your teacher or professor wants lớn read.

Don’t bởi this.

Instead, ask yourself, “What vị I find interesting about this subject? What surprises me?”

If you can’t think of anything that surprises you, anything you find interesting, then you’re not searching well enough, because history, science, & literature are all brimming over with surprises. When you look at how great ideas actually happen, the story is always, “We used to think the world was this way. We found out we were completely wrong, & that the world is actually quite different from what we thought.”

These pieces of surprising information often make for the best topic sentences as well. Use them lớn outline your essay & build your toàn thân paragraphs off of each unique fact or idea. These will function as excellent hooks for your reader as you transition from one topic to the next.

(By the way, what sources should you use for research? check out tip #10 below.)

4. Overwhelmed? Write five original sentences.

The standard three-point essay is really made up of just five original sentences, surrounded by supporting paragraphs that back up those five sentences. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, just write five sentences covering your most basic main points.

Here’s what they might look like for this article:

Introductory Paragraph: While most students consider writing an essay a boring task, with the right mindset, it can actually be an enjoyable experience.

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Body #1: Most students think writing an essay is tedious because they focus on external rewards.Body #2: Students should instead focus on internal fulfillment when writing an essay.Body #3: Not only will focusing on internal fulfillment allow students to lớn have more fun, they will write better essays.Conclusion: Writing an essay doesn’t have to be simply a way khổng lồ earn a good grade. Instead, it can be a means of finding fulfillment.

After you write your five sentences, it’s easy lớn fill in the paragraphs for each one.

Now, you give it a shot!

5. Be “source heavy.”

In college, I discovered a trick that helped me go from a B-average student khổng lồ an A-student, but before I explain how it works, let me warn you. This technique is powerful, but it might not work for all teachers or professors. Use with caution.

As I was writing a paper for a literature class, I realized that the articles và books I was reading said what I was trying to lớn say much better than I ever could. So what did I do? I quoted them liberally throughout my paper. When I wasn’t quoting, I re-phrased what they said in my own words, giving proper credit, of course. I found that not only did this formula create a well-written essay, it took about half the time to lớn write.

It’s good khổng lồ keep in mind that using anyone else’s words, even when morphed into your own phrasing, requires citation. While the definition of plagiarism is shifting with the rise of online collaboration and cooperative learning environments, always err on the side of excessive citation lớn be safe.

When I used this technique, my professors sometimes mentioned that my papers were very “source” heavy. However, at the same time, they always gave me A’s.

To keep yourself safe, I recommend using a 60/40 approach with your body toàn thân paragraphs: Make sure 60% of the words are your own analysis và argumentation, while 40% can be quoted (or text you paraphrase) from your sources.

Like the five sentence trick, this technique makes the writing process simpler. Instead of putting the main focus on writing well, it instead forces you to research well, which some students find easier.

6. Write the body toàn thân first, the introduction second, & the conclusion last.

Introductions are often the hardest part lớn write because you’re trying lớn summarize your entire essay before you’ve even written it yet. Instead, try writing your introduction last, giving yourself the body toàn thân of the paper khổng lồ figure out the main point of your essay.

This is especially important with an essay topic you are not personally interested in. I definitely recommend this in classes you either don’t excel in or care much for. Take plenty of time khổng lồ draft & revise your body paragraphs before attempting khổng lồ craft a meaningful introductory paragraph.

Otherwise your opening may sound awkward, wooden, & bland.

7. Most essays answer the question, “What?” Good essays answer the “Why?” The best essays answer the “How?”

If you get stuck trying to lớn make your argument, or you’re struggling to reach the required word count, try focusing on the question, “How?”

For example:

How did J.D. Salinger convey the theme of inauthenticity in The Catcher In the Rye?How did Napoleon restore stability in France after the French Revolution?How does the research prove girls really bởi rule and boys really vì chưng drool?

If you focus on how, you’ll always have enough to write about.

8. Don’t be afraid lớn jump around.

Essay writing can be a dance. You don’t have khổng lồ stay in one place & write from beginning khổng lồ end.

For the same reasons listed in point #6, give yourself the freedom to lớn write as if you’re circling around your topic rather than making a single, straightforward argument. Then, when you edit and proofread, you can make sure everything lines up correctly.

In fact, now is the perfect time to mention that proofreading your essay isn’t just about spelling và commas.

It’s about making sure your analysis or argument flows smoothly from one idea lớn another. (Okay, technically this comprises editing, but most students writing a high school or college essay don’t take the time to lớn complete every step of the writing process. Let’s be honest.)

So as you clean up your mechanics and sentence structure, make sure your ideas flow smoothly, logically, và naturally from one khổng lồ the next as you finish proofreading.

9. Here are some words & phrases you don’t want lớn use.

You (You’ll notice I use a lot of you’s, which is great for a blog post. However, in an academic essay, it’s better lớn omit the second-person.)SomeThatThingsTo Be verbs (is, are, was, were, am)

Don’t have time lớn edit? Here’s a lightning-quick editing technique.

A chú ý about “I”: Some teachers say you shouldn’t use “I” statements in your writing, but the truth is that professional, academic papers often use phrases lượt thích “I believe” & “in my opinion,” especially in their introductions.

10. It’s okay lớn use Wikipedia, if…

Wikipedia is one of the vị trí cao nhất five websites in the world for a reason: it can be a great tool for research. However, most teachers và professors don’t consider Wikipedia a valid source for use in essays.

Don’t totally discount it, though! Here are two ways you can use Wikipedia in your essay writing:

Background research. If you don’t know enough about your topic, Wikipedia can be a great resource to quickly learn everything you need to know lớn get started.Find sources. Kiểm tra the reference section of Wikipedia’s articles on your topic. While you may not be able khổng lồ cite Wikipedia itself, you can often find those original sources and cite them. You can locate the links to primary and secondary sources at the bottom of any Wikipedia page under the headings “Further Reading” and “References.”

You Can Enjoy Essay Writing

The thing I regret most about high school và college is that I treated it like something I had to vị rather than something I wanted to do.

The truth is, education is an opportunity many people in the world don’t have access to.

It’s a gift, not just something that makes your life more difficult. I don’t want you to lớn make the mistake of just “getting by” through school, waiting desperately for summer breaks and, eventually, graduation.

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How would your life be better if you actively enjoyed writing an essay? What would school look like if you wanted to suck it dry of all the gifts it has khổng lồ give you?

All I’m saying is, don’t miss out!

Looking for More Tips?

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How about you? bởi vì you have any tips for writing an essay? Let us know in the comments.