Essay Writing 1, 2, 3 — Getting Started
By Peter J. Francis, HGPublishing Editor
OK, so you have to write an essay, and you don't know how to start. You've come to the right place. I have 40 years of writing and editing experience, and I wrote this free essay help to provide guidance for new writers. The Free Essay Writing Help is divided into four sections. Jump to the section that addresses your concern, or follow the steps.
Section 1, of which this is the first page, is focused on general essay writing practice for the very beginner. This page discusses the types of essays.
Step 2: Brainstorming
Essays are structured into an introduction, body and conclusion. We discuss what goes into each section, and how to write these to the best effect.
More about the structure of an essay
Section 2 focuses on the types of essays, including persuasive essays, research essays, response essays, reviews, and science lab reports.
More about types of essays
Section 3 contains our answers to your questions about essay writing. Please visit this section if you need help getting started on writing an essay, or you are confused about some aspect of the essay that you are working on.
See questions and answers
Section 4 is our blog with articles about essay writing. There are specifics about how to format using APA and MLA style, quick tips for MS Word tools, and a variety of ideas on how to write better essays.
Visit Essay Writing Tips Blog
This is Step 1: Essay Types
First you need to know what kind of essay you are writing. Remember, in all writing, you must be aware of your purpose and your audience. Your audience shouldn't be just your professor or teacher, but you should be thinking about what person might read an essay like this. Is it an educated person, is it a literary person? You have to let the reader know what you are writing about. Don't start an essay by saying "in the novel we read, the hero goes on a quest." You have to mention the name of the novel and the author. Sometimes you do this in the first sentence: "In Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, boys stranded on a tropical island revert to savagery in an microcosm of humanity's dark possibilities." But you definitely have to do it somewhere in the introduction.
Types of Essays
There are several types of essays
Research essays involve finding information about a topic and evaluating that information. This is often the essay assigned in a history class, or poptical science. You can't fake it here. You will need to read and cite from experts, using APA or MLA style to format your citations.
More About Research Essays
Persuasive Essays: Taking a stand and using logic to get others to agree. Essentially all essays are about persuading someone to believe your point of view, but the persuasive essay is often assigned in high school, to practice the art of persuasion about current events or controversial topics;
More About Persuasive Essays
Demonstrative Essays: How to do something. This can be something as simple as how to change a lightbulb to complex instructions on replacing a car motor. Demonstrative essays are the basis for technical writing, and as anyone who has tried to write out the instructions for another person to complete a task, they are very challenging.
More About Demonstrative Essays
Response Essays: Your thoughtful reaction to a work of art. This is an essay where you get to say if you like or not, but it's important to say why. You need to have some kind of standards by which to make a judgment;
More About Response Essays
Reviews: Your critical analysis of a work of art. This is not so much about whether or not you like it, it's about what it means and how it might relate to other similar works;
More About Reviews
Science Lab Reports: Your steps to evaluate a scientific principle or experiment.
More About Science Lab Reports
Admission Essays are special kind of personal narrative. You want to persuade the admissions officer that you are the right person for their campus.
More About Admissions Essays
For most kinds of essays, you always need to do a little reading before writing. You can't write an essay about something you haven't read or a topic you know nothing about. If you are writing a literary essay and you haven't read the work, or you simply want some extra insight, try visiting eNotes.com (see above) to download a plot summary and some notes. As you come to understand the material, you should be closer to defining a thesis for yourself. A thesis is simply one way of explaining what you have read, or explaining how the material relates to other material. But don't worry if you don't have a thesis at first, that's what brainstorming is for!
Next, Step 2, Brainstorming
HGPublishing.com Proofreading Services
Our editing and proofreading services start as low as $10. Visit our home page for details on our proofreading services from blogs to books. We offer free proofreading for short passages and free grammar help.
Visit Our Home Page
123HelpMe.com is not a paper writing service per se, as you don’t get to hire a writer to craft you a custom essay from scratch according to your instructions. What do you get, then? 123 Help Me is basically an essay storehouse, so you get access to a large database of essays and term papers that you can use as a source of inspiration for your own writing.
The materials students can gain access to through 123 Help Me include essays of all kinds, research papers, speeches and term papers. They are grouped according to general topic, but you can also use the site’s search tool to look for a particular keyword or narrower subject. The papers are color coded to help you get a general idea of the quality level right from the start. For example, the grey ones are free, while orange papers are rated as “good”, but, weirdly enough, in the FAQ section of the website it states that orange is for materials that haven’t been reviewed yet. The yellow essays are rated as “better”, purple is for strong papers, blue is for powerful essays, aqua symbolizes term papers, while green stands for research papers.
Note that, by paying to get access to the site’s resources, you get only that – access. The original writer maintains the intellectual property rights, so you can only use the papers as a research material, not submit them as your own.
123helpme.com seems to have gone through a recent overhaul in terms of pricing policies. A while back, you were charged per paper, according to its color coding – or weren’t charged at all in the case of the grey (or red, before the “facelift”) essays. Now they operate on a subscription basis, so you can’t just buy one single paper, you need to pay for a whole month at least, but you get access to their whole database. Furthermore, we’ve searched the site diligently and simply couldn’t find any free papers anymore. Having used American Civil War as a search term, 300 papers were returned- not a single one was free.
As to the subscription – it’s very expensive. There are three different plans you can choose from. The monthly plan costs $29.95/month, the yearly one is $9.95/month, while if you opt for the middle plan, you pay $59.85 every three months. Although you do get access to all their documents regardless of the plan you subscribe for, it isn’t a good deal if you only need help with an essay or two. Furthermore, be warned that, once you opt for a plan and proceed with the payment, the subscription fees will automatically be renewed once the original term selected ends, unless you explicitly cancel the agreement – with 7 days’ notice!
Discounts and Special Offers
We haven’t been able to find any 123HelpMe discount code or special discounts for loyal customers, but you do get a price reduction if you opt for the longer-term subscription plans.
The quality of the materials is quite debatable. We’ve looked through their papers and, while some were pretty good, others were either poorly structured or badly written, even though their color coding ranked them as higher quality. Furthermore, according to 123HelpMe reviews we’ve found on third-party sites, some essays are only around 10-20 words longer than the free preview provided by the website, and therefore not worth paying for.
Customer support isn’t one of 123HelpMe’s strong points. There’s no phone number listed, no address, and no live chat, which isn’t very encouraging. All you get is an email address you can use if you encounter any problems.
Jan 26, 2017
by Eva on Blank Business Name
I would say my essay was of good quality, but the price I paid for it was too much. Next time, I will go with a more affordable service.
Jan 10, 2017
by Madri on Blank Business Name
I had to send my paper for revisions 3 times, after which the chat representative was very rude to me. It is not my fault that your writers cannot understand the guidelines.