10 Ways to Write A Professional Body Of An Essay


The body of an essay is the “meat” of the essay. Research has brought the information concerning your thesis statement and now the body of the essay must be an organized, comprehensive proof of the thesis statement or of the argument that the author wishes to express. Like The cover page the body of the essay can't be ignored. Each paragraph within the body must be a “mini-thesis” with a beginning, middle and conclusion. This mini-thesis must explain or argue the thesis statement.

            There are several different ways to build the body of an essay; the process of building the body is dependent upon what the instructor has required for the essay; the point of view of the author; the point of view of the reader and the audience to whom the essay is focused.
            The ten ways to write a professional body of an essay are:

1. Use a strong statement.

As you build the evidence and information for your thesis statement, be sure that you are strong in your headings and subheadings. Use statements within your sentences that are strong evidence; not wishy-washy, platitudes of which everyone is already aware.

2. Be organized, but not rigid.

Organizing, by way of outlining, will bring your thoughts together in a complete structure. Be wary of “too much organization”; sometimes being too rigid within your outline will keep the author from discovering new ideas.

3. Write what you know.

It is not always possible to write essays about familiar subjects; but when an instructor asks you to choose your topic, be sure to choose something you know something about. This will make for a more interesting essay to the reader and to the writer.

4. Select your references before you start writing.

Having your bibliography “jotted down” before you began writing is extremely helpful in building the information for the body of your essay.

5.Keep to your thesis, or subject, don’t depart from the subject and follow after tangents.

Writing the body of an essay without sticking to your subject is a sure fire way of “killing” your point of an essay. If the writer begins to shoot off into tangents in different directions, the reader will not be able to understand the complete thoughts that the writer is trying to convey.

6.Be creative; use some of your own thoughts, unless instructed not to do so.

Creativity in writing is the most enjoyable part for the writer and this will come through to the reader; don’t be afraid to express your own thoughts on the subject (unless, of course, it is a taboo of the instructor)

7.Use short choppy sentences for emphasis only; don’t fill your paragraphs with a series of short sentences.

Most essays should have long, flowing sentences, unless the writer wants to emphasis certain parts by short, expressive “darts”. That does not mean that the writer should create too long of sentences that can confuse the reader (one has to take breaths in reading and in writing).

8.Keep the focus of your audience in mind; know to whom you are writing.

If you are writing the essay for a graduate course, be certain to use professional words and intelligent sentences. If you are writing a persuasive essay, be sure and know “whom” you are trying to persuade.

9.Use colorful and effective words: let your thesaurus be your best friend.

Using the same word repetitively can be tiring for the reader. Keep your thesaurus open to enrich the wording of the body of the essay.

10.Be accurate! Proofread! Proofread! Proofread!

Nothing will kill an essay more quickly than inaccurate spelling and grammar. Use your “Spell Check” more than once during the writing of your essay.