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Writing an Effective 1000 Word Essay

Very often, as part of the academic process in many colleges, students are asked to write a 1000 word essay as an assignment. Almost the first thought that comes to every students mind is an alarming, ‘oh, how many pages long is this essay going to be?’ It’s surprising to note that most students are more concerned about the length of the essay than about the quality, because writing such a long essay can be a daunting task. Let’s go over some details around how to write an effective 1000 word essay.

  • Stick to the point: First, remember that any essay, whether short or long, should have a purpose and should revolve around a central theme. Every paragraph in that essay should be a step towards achieving that purpose. Especially, when writing a long essay, it is very easy to sidetrack from the main point and start discussing something irrelevant. Be mindful of the fact that your skill will be assessed by how aptly you capture the reader’s attention even in an essay of 1000 words.
  • Length of paragraphs: There is no hard and fast rule around either the length or the number of paragraphs in a long essay. However, remember that long-winded, wordy paragraphs usually make difficult reading and may also run the risk of the reader losing interest in the topic. Therefore, it’s best to keep your paragraphs short and crisp. You can have as many as even 8-9 paragraphs in a long essay.
  • Length of essay: Obviously since it is an essay of 1000 words, you should stick to the word limit. Keep in mind that your examiner is already reading dozens of similar essays, probably many with all kinds of grammatical and punctuation errors.  Therefore, it may not be right to expect a lot of patience from him! To the question that is uppermost on most students’ minds, about the number of pages that the essay will utilize, the answer is, it depends on certain factors. Assuming that you are typing out the essay, factors such as your word spacing, your font size, paragraph spacing and margins will determine how many pages your essay will eventually turn out to be. Generally, using a 12 point size Times New Roman font with double spacing and one inch margins can make your 1000 word essay take 3-4 pages.
  • Practice makes perfect: Nothing can help you more than a little practice. After all, if you are aware that your language and writing skills are going to be tested by way of your essay, wouldn’t you be better off with a little preparation and research? Try writing essays on a few common topics and then move on to more serious topics. You can also look for sample essays to get a feel of how a long essay should be written.
  • Keep in mind that your essay should be absolutely original. Remember that this may be one of your first steps in writing your research paper or your dissertation too. Lecturers have their own methods of finding out if a particular piece of writing is copied, and if you fall into this trap, it can lead to serious consequences. Treading on the illegal path just for writing a 1000 word essay is not just discouraged, but also severely dealt with.