In modern schools, writing is a mystery because students do not learn the arts of Grammar, Reasoning, Rhetoric, or study any of the subjects necessary to speak persuasively on any subject. In the CLAA, students should not have these problems and writing should not be a mystery. In most cases, where writing is a problem, it is a sign that the student needs to be studying rather than writing.
The Purpose of an Essay
When we write an essay, we do not do so to check off a box and hand in a paper. That's what makes writing boring and hard to organize. We write an essay to persuade someone of something. No matter what kind of essay we are writing, the purpose is persuasion. Obviously, if we're answering a controversial question, the purpose is to persuade our reader that our answer is the true answer. If we're writing a summary a period of history or an assigned reading in a book, the purpose is to persuade the reader that we know the subject thoroughly.
The Parts of an Essay
Every essay consists of three parts, which are very easy to understand once we understand the purpose of an essay. When we are writing an essay, we always start with the second part, which is called the "body" of the essay. Here we provide the facts that are needed to persuade, the arguments that are needed to persuade, and the refutations that are needed to persuade. Of course, if you haven't studied well, you don't know these things, which is why most students have a difficult time writing. If you do know these things, you'll find writing to be very easy.
Once we've established the body of our essay, it's time to present it to readers. Our readers are probably not thinking about the subject that we'd like to discuss with them, so we need introduce them to it, and the first part of the essay is called the introduction. Here we wish to begin a discussion and interest the reader in the subject. We should introduce the topic and explain why this subject is worth discussing. Once you've explained why the subject is worth discussing, you should give the reader an idea of how you'll go about discussing it. Having completed the introduction, you will move to the body of your essay.
When you have completed the body of your essay, you want to make sure that your reader doesn't forget all of the important information and arguments you've shared. So, before letting him go, you need to him a summary of what has been said and make sure that when he finishes, all of the available means of persuasion have been used.
The Power of an Essay
In your study of the classical liberal arts, you will grow in your power to persuade. As you study Grammar, your language skills will improve, allowing you to communicate complex ideas more carefully. As you study Reasoning, your ability to produce true sound arguments will develop--the ultimate means of persuasion. As you study Rhetoric, you will learn of the three persuasive appeals and how they can be used to affect your readers. As your study of Mathematics, Philosophy and Theology continues, you will collect all of the principles of wisdom from which to draw when you write. This true Wisdom is what is ultimately needed to write well, and the lack of it is the reason why all students struggle today when the time comes to write something. The wiser you are, the more powerful your essays will become.
The Key to All Subjects
Solomon taught us that "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom." Your spiritual life, that is, the degree to which you trust in the teachings and commandments of God, will ultimately determine how wise, or unwise, you become. True wisdom is the knowledge of God and His will, and this knowledge enlightens our understanding of all things. This wisdom is, as it were, a key that opens every mystery and problem, the key to all subjectsThere are no silly "tricks" or "tips" to becoming a great writer because you must first become a great thinker. If you wish to write well, you must study to become a wise man. Hopefully, this article helps you to get started.
May God bless you,