How to Begin Writing an Essay - The Power of 3 For an Easy Takeoff
So, you’ve finally sat down to write your essay that is probably due very soon. You’re staring at the blank screen thinking to yourself: “Why do I have to do this?!” You’re probably having a bunch of other thoughts that you’re welcome to share with me and my readers. Let’s face it: you have the Acquired White Page Fear Syndrome.
I hear you because I’ve been there. I’ve found out for myself that the hardest part of writing an essay is writing that first sentence. So, what is the cure?
The Power of Three:
Write your essay in 3 steps
Write your Thesis Statement
Write your Body
Do the Power Proofread
To Write your Thesis Statement:
Choose your Subject
Choose the Verb
Come up with Three Supporting Points (Yes, the Power of Three again)
1. Your subject is essentially what your essay is about.
Here’s an example of a Thesis Statement:
Video gaming benefits the players’ health.
What is the Subject of this sentence? In other words, what is this sentence about? It’s about Video Gaming. Note that it’s not just about video games or the players. It’s about the act of playing video games specifically.
2. The Verb simply describes What the Subject Is or Does.
In this example, the Subject is Video Gaming. So, what does it do, according to the thesis statement? It benefits the players’ health. So, the verb is ‘benefits.’
Now that you have the Subject and the Verb (and, in this case, the Object as well, which is 'the players’ health), your Thesis is done. But a Thesis is only the main part of the Thesis Statement. In order to complete the Thesis Statement, you need to do Step 3:
3. Come up with Three Supporting Points (Yes, the Power of Three again).
So, instead of being stuck thinking of what to write next, here is a great way to make your essay creativity explode:
Come up with 3 Supporting Points to support your Thesis. What can they be? The easiest thing to do is to just think of your thesis as an answer to a question. So, if the aforementioned thesis is the answer, then what would be the question?
How does video gaming benefit the players’ health?
In which ways does video gaming benefit the players’ health?
And since you are using the Power of Three, here’s your answer:
Video gaming benefits the players’ health in three ways.
Okay. Do you see where this is going? Now you have a nice little structure forming. And all you have to do is to come up with three ways that video gaming can benefit the players’ health. Here are just some of the ideas:
Video Gaming can benefit health in the following ways: