Getting started means getting organized:
Analyze the assignment; determine what is required.
With a highlighter, note important words that define the topic. Then organize your plan
For example, you have been given this writing prompt:
You(or someone else) have a present that was really memorable. It could have been given for an important occasion or just for no reason at all. Tell us about the present and why it was memorable. Include the reason it was given, a description of it, and how you felt when you got it. Or you went to a very memorable place..
The objective is to write a narrative essay about this present you were given The subject is a memorable present
The three main subtopics are:
* the reason it was given
* a description of it
* and how you felt when you got it
Outline your five paragraph essay; include these elements:
1. The Introductory Paragraph
* The opening paragraph sets the tone
It not only introduces the topic, but where you are going with it (the thesis). If you do a good job in the opening, you will draw your reader into your "experience." Put effort up front, and you will reap rewards. * Write in the active voice
It is much more powerful. Do that for each sentence in the introductory essay. Unless you are writing a personal narrative, do not use the pronoun "I." * Varying sentence structure
Review to avoid the same dull pattern of always starting with the subject of the sentence. * Brainstorm to find the best supporting ideas
The best supporting ideas are the ones about which you have some knowledge. If you do not know about them, you cannot do a good job writing about them. Don't weaken the essay with ineffective argument. * Practice writing introductory paragraphs on various topics Even if you do not use them, they can be compared with the type of writing you are doing now. It is rewarding to see a pattern of progress. 2. Supporting Paragraphs
* Write a...