CHECKLIST FOR ESSAY WRITING
• I have asked myself what is the meaning of what I write about.
• I have been more concerned with wondering than coming to a conclusion.
• I have approached the subject from multiple edges, scrutinized it, and tried to shed the light from the personal point of view.
• I have avoided clichés.
• I have tried to gather my reflections in a paradox, and I have avoided writing “I mean …”, “I think ….”, “Here I find it right to …”, etc.
• I have written episodes in such a way that the reader is set in a particular mood.
• I have linked reflections to the episode (s) and built up the text, so there are reflections both before and after the episode.
• I have been linguistically aware of the work of formulating sentences that sound good, and I have used literary tools, such as contrasts, language images, sayings and literary texts.
• I used irony and humor without being ripped off or flipping.
• I have spoken verbally and avoided expressions and phrases that would be unnatural to use in a conversation.
• I have a thoughtful content.
• My main page is always under the text. The topic is the red thread in the text, but it can be a sidetrack.
• I have left the reader to draw conclusions.
Essay checklist. Full and detailed description.
The essay is a separate genre with many possibilities. The word means “experiment”, and the essay was originally quite unpretentious, but has evolved into a demanding genre. An essay is often constructed as a tour of a topic where it is not supposed to reach a conclusion, solve a problem or find an answer, but to wonder and ask important questions. The essay is like a wonderful conversation, and the author is more interested in getting readers to speak than to convince them. The author nevertheless has an idea, something he will convey to the reader, but instead of just saying what he thinks he chooses an indirect method to get the reader to think for himself.
In an essay, the requirement of neutrality and balance does not apply in the same way as in the subject. The author may be personal, but you should not be stubborn. Speculation lies under the text. An essay does not begin or end with “I mean” or “I believe”, as is often the case in reader letters. On the other hand, you will often find questions. Many essays are built around a paradox, an apparent contradiction that turns out to be true. (Example of a paradox: “It is the one who goes wild who finds new ways” (Nils Kjær)).
The author’s purpose is to use several literary and language tools, and the essay is for those who like to play with the language and write pointed, personal representations. The author is often critical and ironic – yes, the irony often has a central place because it is usually formulated and puts things upside down.
The composition is also important, for an essay is apparently merely a jumping and random text. Here it applies more than otherwise with Egon Olsen “have a plan”. The author must know in which direction he will lead the reader.
The author of the essay often takes its point of departure in a relationship or situation that sets the mind going.
Often, the reader is “invited” to explore the topic with the author. The author comments and asks questions and is consistent with the reader.