When You Write Essays, Do They Have to Be Structured in a Pattern or in Order?

We all know essays are pretty much free-riding papers. As a rule, they offer a great room for self-expressing and applying some creative approaches in terms of form, style and narrative. Usually, being given such a tremendous space for maneuver students… get lost.

Their hands shake, mind refuses to generate one decent idea and spits out anything but a coherent writing plan. Should I write this way or should I stick to that? Should I embed dialogues or should I stick to the first person singular all the time? Let’s shed some light on the issue, weather a couple of your brain-storms and fetch ourselves a fool-proof bullet-dodging strategy for all of life’s writing emergencies.

Everything has to be in order (or your essay is just a mess)

When a teacher tells elementary school pupils to keep order, they listen and start behaving appropriately. When you have to write an essay, the first thing you do is remember about order.

  • Introduction
  • Main body
  • Conclusion

That mantra we’ve been all fed for decades is still of immense importance. Instructors and professors love order both in the auditorium and in your essay. No matter how vivid your future masterpiece will look like, you’ll get a C, if there is no introduction, if you conclusion is longer than your main body, or if thoughts and ideas are scattered all over the work.

Just forget about this being-so-awesomely-creative-student blasphemy. Tutors love consistency, they don’t want to read another Virginia Woolf piece. Why? Because they have twenty more essays to evaluate till tomorrow, so don’t make Mrs. Poorgradeson furious. Better give what she wants: catchy introduction consisting of one or two paragraphs, a cohesive main body consisting from five to ten paragraphs where each thought is marked off with a stand-alone paragraph, and a conclusion leaving a gorgeous lemon pie aftertaste.

Gosh, that pattern is lovelier than cats on You-Tube

Yeah, that’s right, pattern is the heart of your essay. Following standardized humdrum of essay writing is boring for both teachers and students alike. But don’t get too reckless with creativity out there. You’re doing an essay, not a post-modern novel (the crazier – the better!)

Therefore, there are particular patterns you do have to follow. Depending upon your topic and subject field, you can opt for 5 universally accepted essay writing patterns. Let’s name them, shall we?

  • Chronological pattern – Used when you need to describe a sequence of events that go subsequently one after another;
  • Argumentative pattern – Applied in argumentative and comparison essays where your ideas are backed up by pieces of evidence taken from certain sources;
  • Functional pattern – Used for writing how-to and step-by-step essays tutorials;
  • Spatial pattern – When you need to dwell upon a physical location or a detailed description of a certain object, that’s your way to go;
  • Personal pattern – Applied to enhance the emotional aspect of your narrative with phrases put in quotation marks for the “heard voice” effect.

Unfortunately, to describe all these patterns in the framework of an article the author might need more space than a website can provide for just one article. Nonetheless, having a basic concept of what is what and who is who, you can easily carry your research on and just google it.

So, what do essays have to be – ordered or patterned?

In case you haven’t got it yet, essays have to be both geared up with proper order and smart pattern, no second option is actually given. Those who say Better stick to order! or I’d rather you went for pattern! are all wrong. The only person being right here are you, because your essays are nicely ordered and supplied with a neat pattern, which however doesn’t contradict academic postulates.