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A short essay is a compact and direct discussion of a given subject or response to a given question. It requires you to have a strong command of the English language and the ability to express yourself in a clear and effective way, without getting lost on tangents or unnecessary details.
A short essay is usually between 2-4 pages long.
It follows a standard formal essay structure of introduction, body, and conclusion.
It is constructed around a thesis, or main idea to be argued.
Most short essays address topics that can be summarized within just a few pages, and are meant to be just a quick, easy read.
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Example short essays by professional Ultius writers
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The examples below display how the writers who work with Ultius may take care of your short essay. Take a look at these sample works. They have been written exclusively for demonstration purposes: they have not been written for other customers, and they are not to be used without proper referencing.
Why Capitalism Is a Volatile System
Capitalism has been incredible at producing material wealth; but at the same time, we are also seeing a growing polarization of that wealth between the 99 percent and the 1 percent. This short essay suggests that this is due to the inherent nature of capitalism itself, and partly to well-intentioned regulations that often end up making the situation worse. The essay concludes that the way forward will be difficult.Continue reading
Short Essay on the Life of Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe is regarded as, among many things, a master of dark fiction. His poems and stories chill the blood, even today. This short essay written on the life of the famous American poet offers great insight into his life and passions.Continue reading
Short Essay on the History of UFOs in the United States
Humans have been reporting UFO sighting for centuries. Even some of the earliest recorded accounts of human existence contain references to UFOs flying across the sky or visiting Earth. From the beginning of the colonization of America, there have been reports of these objects in the United States.Continue reading
The writers we work with produce a high-quality short essay, every single time. If you would like to see some additional examples of our short essay work, our blog is a great place to look. We want you to be assured that if you place a short essay order with us, the product you will be receiving will be of the highest quality.
How to write a short essay for yourself
A short essay should be able to convey your point in a concise manner.
A short essay is a specific form of essay that is characterized by strong structure, sharply chosen main key points, and a succinct but thorough overview of the subject matter at hand. A lot of people can make a lot of mistakes in any one of these areas.
A short essay follows a formula with a few key elements
There is a pretty basic formula to writing a good short essay, and you can learn it easily enough. Behind strong writing must exist strong conceptualization. There are four main elements must be included in a great short essay.
- An interesting topic
- A clear thesis statement
- A structure where the main points are taken from the thesis statement
- A succinct but cohesive conclusion
For a very short essay (say, less than 2 pages), all these elements may not be necessary. But they are usually dispensable for a more average-length (say, 6-page) short essay.
1An interesting topic
Every great short essay needs a good topic
If you need to develop the topic yourself, then you should focus on picking a topic that is interesting, either because everyone is talking about it, or because few people know about it.
Ideally, the topic should be narrow enough to fit into the length and parameters of the short essay itself. However, a broad topic can often be narrowed down by the thesis statement (see next point).
2A clear thesis statement
This statement makes the scope of your short essay very clear
The thesis statement almost always goes at the end of the introductory section of a short essay. it also gives the reader a picture of the overall structure of the short essay as a whole.
Don't get long-winded. Remember, it’s a short essay. Don’t waste your page space with long, drawn-out terminology.
If you get the thesis statement down right, then you should have a fairly easy time developing the rest of the short essay, since you will know what you are going to talk about next.
3A strong structure
A strong structure will help the flow of your essay
One of the most important things for a good short essay is that it should not meander: it should clearly do what it set out to do — not less, and not more. The scope of the short essay is defined by a good thesis statement (see point above).
Try to remember these tips
- Key points: The main parts of the short essay are usually the key points found in the thesis statement.
- Stay on target: You should write about what you say you are going to write about, and then close the essay.
- No room for fluff: Keep your page length in mind, and don’t waste time on things or ideas that don’t add value.
A strong structure is the key to any essay, and remembering the tips above will help your short essay stay on point.
4A concise conclusion
Your conclusion should emphasize the points you made in your essay
- Hammer the point home: A good short essay generally ends with a strong conclusion that reiterates the introduction.
- Recap how you got there: Summarize the main points that have been made over the course of the essay.
- State your intent: Include some indication of a main idea or thought that the reader should take away from the short essay after having read it.
A good conclusion also provides the short essay with a good sense of balance and symmetry.
Steps to writing a stand-out short essay
If you choose to write your short essay yourself, we’re here to help
In order to write a stand-out short essay, you will need to have good skill with concepts. You will need to know exactly what you are trying to do, structurally, and to establish the scope and limits of your short essay in an effective way. These four steps will help you do that.
Step 1: Select an interesting topic
Your topic should reflect the main focus of your short essay
Once you figure out what exactly you’re going to write about, make sure your essay contains enough information to cover it. You may select a topic that has many subtopics.
Knowing these subtopics of time will help you illustrate the main topic you want to cover. If you are assigned a topic you didn’t choose, research the subtopics to make sure you have broad coverage of the main topic.
Conciseness is key. It’s important to remember this is a short essay. Make sure your topic is something that can reach a satisfying conclusion in just a few pages.
If you aren't assigned a topic by an instructor, choose something that interests you. Choosing an essay topic that is interesting to you gives you the opportunity to expand on something you’re interested in. This can help keep you motivated when it comes the actual writing of the essay itself.
Step 2: Establish your scope and limits
Stay focused, and don’t get lost trying to branch out
Once you have your topics, and subtopics set, make sure your focus is where it needs to be. When you discuss your subtopics, make sure you’re always using them to highlight the main topic. Subtopics are meant to support, not dominate the main focus of the topic.
Remember, this is a short essay. Don’t spend too much time on items that don’t contribute to the key point. You don’t have a lot of space with a short essay, so you want to make sure everything you include adds value.
Step 3: Create manageable sections
Break the material down into a few sections (between 2 - 6)
What are the subtopics you would like to discuss to develop information about your main topic within the available space? Knowing how to properly edit your essay will help you break it down into these sections.
Focus on one section at a time, until that section is complete. Then, move on to the next one, and repeat. Think of building a puzzle.
You complete one section at a time, and piece the whole thing together once your sections are worked out.
This process lets you know where certain sections may fit better than others.
Writing doesn’t have to be done in the order of the story. Once you have all the pieces, you can put them together in whichever order fits best.
Step 4: Develop logical flow
Link up the various sections of the essay in a logical sequence
So, now you have your pieces and need to put them together. When you’re developing a logical flow, you want each section to make sense to the reader. Avoid jumping from subtopic to subtopic. Instead focus on which section should follow the previous section.
- Does a certain section nicely segue into another section?
- What knowledge should the reader understand beforehand before moving on to a different subtopic?
- Are the subtopics building to reveal the ultimate point of the essay?
Asking yourself these questions as you piece together your short essay will help you develop a logical flow that your reader(s) can easily follow.
Additional short essay references
If you would still like to try writing a short essay on your own, then there are plenty of resources outside of the above material itself that can help you with this task. The Purdue OWL is one of the single best resources available online if you need help with citation or reference issues.
Even if you do not want to purchase a sample short essay from us, don't worry! We are still committed to helping you achieve academic success. There are several resources and tools you can find across our website, including writing samples and glossaries, that you can feel free to use in order to become a better writer.