Painting with Your Words
These essays are all about “painting a picture.” It is very similar to the narrative essay, but it will have more to do with something that has special meaning to you.The biggest difference, though, is that you will show the reader what you want to convey instead of telling him or her. In a narrative essay you can come right out and say, “And that is how I learned the value of family during my Thanksgiving Vacation.”In a descriptive essay, you will need to convey the same thing, but you won’t come right out and say it. You’ll show it. All of these essays share a lot of similarities, but they are also very different.
Please State the Facts
These essays are all about the facts. You have to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. This essay type goes by many names, but any time you are asked to write a story that relies heavily on research and citations you can be confident you’re writing an expository essay. Don’t make the mistake of including any sort of emotion or persuasion in this essay. If you have an agenda (if you’re asked to demonstrate something in the paper, or to prove a point) you need to let the facts speak for themselves.Don’t tell the reader that global warming is causing harm to the mating habits of flowers in Argentina. Instead, show them the facts. Let them come to the only possible conclusion through your references. That’s how you do it.
Selling an Idea
When you write a persuasive essay you’re taking on the role of salesman. Your job becomes convincing the reader to adopt the same beliefs you already have. A lot of people write these essays on subjects revolving around religion, politics, and ethics. Abortion is an extremely popular topic for many students. You should still use citations and references to help prove your case. But you are playing on the readers emotions, hoping to get him or her to adopt the same beliefs as yours. Get their emotions hot and you’ll have a strong essay. The definitions above should help to get you on track and allow you to write some of the best essays your professor has ever seen.