You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it's good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That's why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence. It's just so easy to give up.

Essay writing is an essential skill if you're a student, especially in schools and colleges. It is also helpful if you're trying to summarize your views on any topic, the good and bad together. Essays can be written for grades and even for a topic which needs better understanding. Below is a step by step instruction on how you can approach an essay:

1. Plan out the main ideas of each paragraph

Make each paragraph relevant to the question. Arrange your ideas in such an order that it looks like you at least tried to put some effort into this. This is an essential step before you begin writing an essay. An arranged and well thought out essay puts its point in the right place and impacts the reader. It also makes it easier to learn it for an exam.

2. Include your introduction first

It should have a proper sentence that answers the question and include keywords from the question. Add in brief outlines of your three arguments. Your introduction is where you make your impression, where you have the chance to make the reader think and want to read the rest of your essay. Try to be concise but use good words to sound like you know what you are talking about.

3. The next three paragraphs should be about your main arguments

Don’t underestimate the power of topic sentences. Make sure each paragraph addresses your argument, supplies evidence, and states why the evidence supports your case. At the end of every paragraph, link your statement to the question or to the following paragraph.

4. Finally, write your conclusion

Your conclusion is a summary of your key argument and should highlight the most important factors. Explain why you think that one matter or fact is more relevant and important than other. Stand by your words. Be careful about adding new information here. Some new idea or a fact can be effective, but they can detract from your argument.

5. Slash out any irrelevant material

Padding is not good. Make your points clear and concise. Avoid one sentence paragraphs, they’re all rubbish. Again, check if your essay answers the question. Make sure that you didn't divert from your main issue even for a sentence. Check if it's convincing enough and that the conclusion answers the question raised in introduction. Also, check for the grammar and spelling mistakes which can spoil your well written and thought out essay.