How to start an essay?

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When passing the majority of exams in humanitarian subjects, it is necessary to write an essay. What to do to overcome the painful search for words that arise at the beginning of writing the answer?

Each student was taught to make a plan. But the simple scheme “introduction – main part – conclusion” is essentially meaningless, because, because of its universality, it does not at all bring the student closer to understanding the structure of his work.

Therefore, first of all, it is necessary to make this plan more realistic, corresponding to the specific tasks of the essay. There is a fairly effective technique that allows you to quickly start writing. For this you need within 5-10 minutes to record in free form everything that comes to mind in connection with a given topic. Do not be afraid to write “nonsense”, something is not quite right. No need to make out the thoughts in literary form. A sentence, a phrase or a single word may come to mind. All this and you need to put on paper.

What is it all for? When you finish writing down all your ideas on the topic, you need to carefully re-read this stream of thoughts, eliminate random or controversial items from it, and leave only what ultimately serves as a framework for the composition.

Then from the remaining ideas you need to build a logical composition. Think in what sequence it is better to arrange these thoughts and number them. This will be the “main part” of your essay.

Now it is necessary to add an introduction and conclusion to it. It is not true that the conclusion supposedly is a rephrased entry. In the introduction, you only approach the topic, highlight its relevance and importance. And in the conclusion summarize your reasoning, summarize the conclusions.

How else to overcome the inability to write anything? It often happens that the thought came, but it is difficult to give it a literary form. In this case, I recommend writing it in the form in which it so far turns out. It doesn’t matter if it sounds rough or wrong: your task is to write at least something. And you will edit after you finish all the text.