Writing an essay on a topic is like filling in some created spaces. These spaces are templates of questions created by the writer with the aim of answering every bit of the questions inside the template.
The questions are as a result of the daily happenings and events which people seek answers to. The daily happenings and events form the essay topics.

Writing on a topic means elucidating every issue about the topic. It involves the definition, description, exposition, analysis, examination, expatiation, explanation, highlights, discussion, classification, demonstration, division, debate, application, meaning, instances, causes, examples, problems, solution, evaluation, identification, production, elaboration, availability, scarcity, uses, location, history, nature, species, types, kinds, groups, varieties and classes of the topic.
What the audiences are eager to see, are all possible information about a topic. Their minds are full of questions about it. They are anxious to know every detail about it. They want to get the exact and direct answer to the questions about it in the very shortest time. Their hope is to get the satisfaction about the topic quickly and elaborately too. They have been patiently waiting for it; and now that they have seen it, they rush it in order to feed their hungry 'packets' of question marks.
They have been in doubt about something relating to the topic and their utmost need is to clear those doubts. They want to be updated, they want to be abreast of issues about the topic, they want to get almost original information, and they want to know the truth.

The writer should be aware of what his audience needs from him about the topic, and as a result, he should be at hand and careful enough to answer the questions about it.
He should gather all the templates relating to the various questions his audience are likely to ask about the topic and then begin to fill them in with the complete answers.
If the writer can note all the questions to the topic, then he has done the greater percentage of the writing job. The next thing he will now do is to start filling up the templates that have those questions with their appropriate and respective answers. Once this is done, the writing job is done.

No topic for essay writing is not a phenomenon, a fact, a concept, a theory, a course of study, a living or not living object, a material, a human affairs issue, a situation, a location, an issue, a controversy, an object, a culture, a place, an animal, a current affairs, a public affairs, a problem, news, a subject, an information, a rule, a business, an advice, a gospel, a law, an institution e.t.c.
Every topic is part of the audience's lives. It's what they do and participate in every other day, if not every day.
Every topic is what makes them whom they are; and as a result of this, they must learn, study and ask questions about these topics.
As a writer, your job is to teach them and answer their questions.

The other work of a writer is to know what type of topic the audience want to read about at any point in time. He has to also know how best to answer their yet to be objectively-answered questions; bearing in mind they have been exposed to various answers which may not be the real answer to their questions (the writers here are usually newspaper columnists).
What a writer writes is dependent on what his audience wants to read, see or hear. The audience from their quests intimates the writer what he should write. They employ him indirectly to update them on the topic at hand.

Essay writing is a very simple type of writing. There are other types of writing like; script writing, poetry, folk e.t.c.
Essay writing is usually a non-fiction type of writing in prose form.
Collections of different essay write-ups can form a book with various topics treated in it. It can also be a broad topic with the subtopics in it.
The message in an essay can be turned into a performing art. This is made possible when it is transformed into a story and then into a screenplay or a stage-play. This form is the drama form.
The screenplay will now be acted by the character actors, still in concordance with the original message from the essay.

Away from all the above, Essay writing, contrary to what most students think is very easy.
There is a formula for it. It's in such a way that there are four main divisions;

In this division, we have;
Solutions etc

This is normally used for topics which are pure concepts. The topics may include; effects of smoking, road accidents, economic meltdown, terrorist attack, masturbation, vandalism, poor state of infrastructure, standard of education.
For you to write any of these topics effectively, you will use the components of the templates above.
This is just like a guide for the students. You can add more templates yourself. The template is like a 'headline' for a discussion.

In this division, we have:
Play ground e.t.c.

This is used when you are trying to apply the topic or concept you are writing to the environments there effects may be felt. It's usually used when you are pointing out the problems or uses of the concept.
It's a guide to help you have a wide range of locations and also have the knowledge of what type of effects the concept may have on the location so chosen.
For instance, if you are writing an essay on 'terrorist attack' you can state how the attacks have affected the activities at the various locations you have chosen to write on.
Another example, if you are writing an essay on 'a good student'. After highlighting who and what a good student is, you can now state how he should behave in any of the locations listed. Of course he should be well behaved in any location he finds himself!

In this division, we have:
Elaboration e.t.c.

This is used to define more of what your topic is all about. You can choose any of them very close and appropriate to your topic.
Remember that you always have to go to the point. Unnecessary descriptions may distract your reader.

In this division, we have:
Class e.t.c.

This is used when you are writing on human related topics like health, medication, dream, sleep, masturbation, lesbianism, a biography, auto biography, business, success, prayer, reading habit, bad habit e.t.c.
You pick any of the guides and then write on how your topic can be applied to it; or the effects of your topic to it; or the relationship to each other.

One thing you need to know is that the length of your essay depends on you. It is so in the sense that you can use many of the components of the guide templates to write your topic. The more of the guide you choose the more the length of your work.
Can you compare the length of a work that has the effects of its topic applied to only two locations, with that with more than three locations?

With the knowledge of guide to your essays, you've got the power to write anything you want to write.

Back to; the writer, the audience and the questions the audiences ask.
You reading this, the student or the writer; in all these, your number one aim is to answer the audience's questions. Do not pass them by, they need your help!

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