There are plenty of situations in which you might need to write a composition of some kind. It can definitely be a bit of a challenge, especially if writing isn’t your strong suit. However, rest assured – you don’t have to be a writing expert in order to craft a great composition. You just have to have a basic understanding of some of the things that you can do to make your composition really shine.
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The process of writing a great composition on virtually anything – whether it’s a personal essay or an essay about a specific subject – begins with the planning process. Get out a notebook and a pen and think about the topic that you’ve been given, or the subject you’re supposed to write about.
It may be very vague, or it may be specific. The more specific your topic is, the less intimidated you are likely to be, because you won’t be too worried you’re going to write about the wrong thing. However, rest assured that it just takes a little more planning to come up with a composition topic, even if you’ve been given vague instructions. Check out Udemy’s blog post on creative thinking techniques if you need a little help getting jump-started.
Now, think about your topic and the main points you want to discuss in your composition. If you are writing a composition about symbolism in your favorite movie, then you might begin by writing out a list of all the times that symbolism occurs. Then, expand on these points – jot down ideas about what those symbols mean.
Putting it All Together
At this point, you should have a lot of information. However, it’s probably pretty disorganized, and may not make a lot of sense. That’s why your next step in writing your composition is forming an outline.
Start by coming up with the introduction that you will use for the composition. In our aforementioned example, you might begin by discussing symbolism and its use in literature and art, and how over the years it has come to be used in film as well.
Once you’ve done that, you can start organization the various points that you want to talk about in your composition. Look for ideas in your notes that seem similar. For example, you could group together symbols that imply something is good, symbols that imply something is bad, and symbols that imply something is dangerous together in different parts of the composition.
Try to find a natural flow between the different ideas at this point, too. Think about ways you can easily and naturally move from point to point. At this point in the planning process, you should have started putting some of your thoughts down in complete sentences, many of which will make it into the final composition. That may sound difficult, but it really isn’t. It just takes some practice to get it right.
Writing the Thesis
The thesis sentence is the glue that binds your entire composition together. It tells the reader what it is that you’re going to be discussing, or what it is that you are going to be trying to prove. There are some things to keep in mind when it comes to writing a thesis sentence.
The thesis sentence can’t be a fact (“This movie was filmed in 1970 and contains a lot of symbolism,”) nor can it be a direct opinion (“This was a really interesting movie.”) It must be something that is debatable. For example, “This movie contains several examples of symbolism that play an important role in really understanding the story.”
The thesis should also be as specific as possible. Depending on your level of writing ability, and your purpose for writing the composition, you may be required to be very specific in the type of thesis that you write.
Writing Your First Draft
Once you have your thesis and a basic outline ready, it’s time to get started. Remember to pay close attention to the natural transitions that you marked in your outline earlier. This will help your composition flow better and will make it easier to read overall. Don’t worry too much about whether it’s perfect as you write your first draft. Focus on getting your ideas down on paper, and don’t stress out too much.
Remember the fundamentals of good paragraph writing as you write your composition. Just as the entire essay needed a thesis, each of your paragraphs should have a good topic sentence. Also remember that any time you make a claim in your composition, you need to find a way to back it up with proof. This proof can come from the source material (like a book or a movie) or it can come from research that you have done about the topic.
Remember that the conclusion of your composition should also be strong in order to back up the rest of the work that you have done. Don’t just repeat what you said in your original thesis sentence. Tell the reader why everything you have said in the composition makes the thesis sentence true.
Editing Your Composition
Every good composition is finished off with editing. You may not have paid too much attention to spelling or grammar when writing your essay, but it’s crucial that you pay attention to these things now. Don’t just rely on your spellcheck, either. Reread your composition, looking for common mistakes and errors. Also pay attention to the flow of the composition to make sure everything sounds natural. It’s never to late to go back and chance something if you think it’s necessary.
With all of that done, all that’s left is to turn it in. If you’re writing a specific type of composition, such as a research paper, there may be a few more things you need to know to really excel at your task. Check out Udemy’s Research Paper writing course to learn more about this particular style of composition, or for an overview check out our course on Academic Writing, which can teach you the skills you need to write virtually any type of academic paper.