A Manual On Academic Essay Writing: Creating A Masterpiece Step By Step

The rules of essay writing are for the most part, rather generic. Meaning that they all have similar approaches to them, the only difference is how each part is tackled by the student.

Students should start learning essay writing early in their schooling, as part of their writing development but won’t get to the standard essays form until a few years before high school or earlier. Even then however, it’s possible to have written a masterpiece if the student practices to a level of advancement, but in all cases with the right steps, all essays can become a masterpiece too. Here are those steps.

Begin Forming Ideas

As soon as the student knows their topic or is in the general area of their topic, they should start writing down any ideas they have towards refining it. This means taking notes of everything and anything related, where they can begin to ‘connect’ one idea with another. This is the brainstorming process. On paper or in a digital document, they can do sketches and highlight certain thoughts to not lose track of them.

  • Create An Outline
  • Create The Thesis Statement
  • Write The Introduction
  • Create The Body
  • Conclusion
  • Check For Errors And Citation

Create An Outline

With the ideas already documented, the student should begin to focus on organizing those thoughts and put them in different categories. This is called creating an outline. This is also done because it represents the author’s thoughts in a linear form. Eventually that form will also be the framework for the essay itself. Once this is complete -- and it only takes a little time to get a rough estimate of these ideas in the beginning -- then it’s time to write the thesis.

Create The Thesis Statement

The thesis statement is basically the author stating at the beginning what their trying to prove. It’s added as the cover before the paper begins, giving the reader a clue as to the paper’s topic and point of persuasion.

Write The Introduction

If one is to take the outline and create a introduction from it, it wouldn’t be to question and answer the entire paper in one - three paragraphs but to expand the thesis statement in such a way that it leads into the body of the essay. It should get the reader’s attention and go right into the piece.

Create The Body

The best way to do this is to use the outline to see how the ideas are broken down and create paragraphs that concentrate on explaining each point. This could be up to three paragraphs.


This final section is where the writer sums up the points which were made in the paper briefly and a finishing statement.

Check Spelling And Citation

The author should always make sure the text is grammatically correct, check for spelling errors and that any other published works are cited at the end, giving credit to the origins of the research.

Turning In The Assignment

From the point the introduction is written, the writer might have to keep writing new drafts until they’re perfect. Once the paper is turned in, the instructor will provide feedback to the student if there are any other errors which is all part of the learning process to creating a masterpiece.