Writing Your Essay

The actual writing of the essay may seem to be the most daunting part of the essay process. However, if you have followed our advice for the preparation and research stages, and have a detailed essay plan and clearly focused notes, you may find the writing the most straightforward part.Picture29

For guidance on writing your essay, see the following pages on our site:

Communicating Clearly in Writing gives advice on structure, sentences and vocabulary in order to straightforwardly communicate meaning to your reader.

Writing Academically provides guidance on academic style and what is appropriate for writing for the higher education context.

Integrating Sources in Writing explains how best to bring the words of others into your work, including documenting your sources using referencing.

Tips for Getting Through the Writing Process

There is no right way to write – you might write several drafts, or carefully hone every sentence until the piece is finished. You might start in the middle, or at the end, or even the beginning. Use which method works for you, as long as you make sure to carefully review your essay before you hand it in.

You might like to write in your studio, in the library, in cafes, or at home in your bedroom, whatever enables you to write without getting distracted. You might like to write first thing in the morning or last thing at night. Again, do what works for you, but make sure to allow time to eat, sleep and rest, and take regular breaks, while being disciplined in setting aside time that is for writing and writing only.

See famous writers’ advice on writing, and the summary of tips below:

  • think of the work in small pieces
  • work on it in small pieces
  • be disciplined in setting aside writing time
  • avoid distractions
  • take regular breaks
  • move on when you get stuck

Next page: reviewing your essay