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How To Structure A School Essay In Literature: Creative Ideas


Right, so it is time to start writing your school essay in literature and you now need to make sure that you don’t mess up when it comes to structure. The first thing is not to panic. Provided you take your time and don’t attempt to rush it then you should have no trouble whatsoever creating the perfect paper. However, in case you still feel as though you are banging your head against a brick wall here are some creative ideas to help you on your way:

  • What kind of essay is it?
  • Your subject is literature, but what kind of essay are you writing? Is is a narrative essay? A descriptive one? Or maybe it is a critical analysis? Identifiying this is key to laying out the structure. In addition, once you know the paper type you can start walking through it in your head.

  • Does the school have their own individual style?
  • While most schools will conform to a regional, or even national standard, some institutions do have their own stylistic preferences. If this is the case, then your teacher will most likely have made you aware of this and will probably have given you some form of handout. However, it is always worth double-checking just so that you don’t end up inadvertently falling foul of the rules.

  • Do a flow chart
  • Contrary to popular belief, the world doesn’t revolve around the internet. Sometimes it is good to go old school. A flow chart is a great way of doing that. Simply get out a jotter and a pen and start mind mapping your essay. This is also a fantastic way of releasing any associated stress.

  • Get into the mind of the literary greats
  • The beauty of a creative essay over say a more technical one like science or math, is that you do get to unleash some of that artistic license that has been lying dormant inside you. By drifting off and immersing yourself in the minds of either the amazing authors, or the characterst that they created you should find that the essay starts to flow more naturally.

  • Refer to your text books
  • I know that this might almost seem as though it is a revolutionary concept in this day and age, but text books REALLY are useful learning aids. Teachers don’t suggest recommended reading material for the fun of it. Every book on that list has been selected for a specific reason. Food for thought maybe?

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