Creating a Plan for an Expository Essay
One of the most important aspects of writing any essay or paper is taking the time to create a plan and know where you are going and what you are going to be talking about in your paper. This is the most important part and it is also the most commonly ignored part of writing any paper. Many students do not seem to understand how important this part of the process is or they seem to think they can skip over it and not invest the time needed in the planning of their essay. This leads to many mistakes, errors, and less than stellar papers.
When you start to write a paper, you need to start off on the right foot and have a strong foundation for your writing. A building without a solid foundation will not stand and a paper that is written without the foundation of good planning will not hold up under the instructor’s pen. A few hours spent planning before you start will go a long way in helping the entire process of writing your paper go much more smoothly. You will spend a lot more time going back and fixing mistakes, rewriting your paper, addressing context issues, adding more support and examples, and working to make your paper right- time that could be saved if you had spent time beforehand.
Planning your essay is relatively easy and can be as simple as jotting down the main points you want to talk about or as complex as writing out a full length detailed outline. The type of paper you are writing and the amount of guidance and help you need will also help determine how much you need to work on the planning stage of the paper.
Essays are a common and important part of academic processes and students all over the world learn to write them during their academic careers. Some pick it up quickly and others find it a bit more of a challenge. Regardless, expert or beginner, the best essays and papers come from the careful planning and outlining of your paper before the first word is ever written down. Taking the time to work on this before you start working on the paper can help carry you to victory and give you the paper that can get you the grade you are looking for.