Writing an essay is hard enough, but writing a catchy essay or one that instantly grabs the reader’s attention can be even more challenging. Thankfully, we’ve rounded up ten tips and tools to make catchy writing essays easy for you.
The tips and tools compiled here are just as useful for writing catchy blogs, articles, or any other piece of content.
1. Pick a Catchy Title
A catchy title is the most essential “hook” you need to grab your readers’ attention. The title is what draws the reader in. It would help if you made it enjoyable enough to make your reader curious and even impatient to read your essay. According to Jeff Goins, here are a few ways to write catchy titles:
- Use numbers
- Use interesting adjectives such as strange, fun, essential
- Use unique rationale such as reasons, facts, principles
- Use what, why, how, or when
- Make an audacious promise that your content is of value.
For instance, the title of this article encompasses all these aspects.
Numbers+rationale+reason+promise = 10 Tips and Tools for Writing Catchy Essays
2. Brainstorm Ideas from Different Angles
Picking a title is perhaps the last task. You have many other tasks to complete before you choose the best title that matches your content. So now that you have a topic in mind, you need to brainstorm ideas from different angles.
You could either sit down with your friends and talk it out, research online, or go to the local library to soak in everything you need to know about the topic.
3. Hook Your Readers with A Catchy Introduction
An introduction is what will entice your readers to move on further. Once they read the title, introducing the first three sentences must lead your reader to your essay’s main points. There are many ways you can begin the introduction to your catchy essay:
- Define the main keyword of the topic but define it with your unique twist.
- Quote famous authors or celebrities. You could even paraphrase it to make it more catchy.
- Statistics is an exciting way to begin your introduction.
- Explanation on why this essay is a good read (check out the intro to this article!)
- Start with a question and answer it in your main content.
4. Use Clever Play of Words to Keep Reader Engaged
For your essay’s primary content, make sure it is easy to digest format for your readers. Make use of bullet points to break up the big chunk of texts. The interesting play of words can be in your introduction or for the headlines of your points.
For example, the original phrase coined by Bernard Shaw went like this “Those who can do. Those who can’t, teach”. And Woody Allen twisted the phrase into “Those who can’t teach, teach gym”.
5. End with A Catchy Conclusion
Your conclusion is as important as your title and introduction. Summarize your main points and drive your readers to either strongly agree or disagree with your essay. The reader must end your essay, feeling that the content was useful to them. Your essay needs to stimulate your reader. You can use these catchy ways to end your essay:
- Summarise the main points
- Close with quotation
- Summarize points and then ask a thought-provoking question
- End with a recommendation
- End with a prediction
6. Write the First Draft Without Edit
Editing while you write can impede the speed of finishing the essay. It can also interfere with your thought process. Get all your thoughts down on paper (or document) at one go, without interruptions.
7. Take A Break
Make a purposeful interruption. Take a break after you’ve put all your points down for your essay. You could take your dog for a walk, take a bath, watch a movie—practically anything to take your mind off your essay. Make sure you have at least two hours of break between your first draft and the time you sit down to edit your essay.
8. Edit with A Fresh Mind or Perspective
When you come back to your draft with a fresh mind, you can edit the sentences, rearrange paragraphs to make your ideas shine through. If you don’t have the time to do it yourself, you can always use writing services.
It doesn’t matter if you write your essay or get it written by a professional. You cannot hand it over as it is. It would be best if you proofread it to make the sentences sound like your own.
10. Ask a Friend to Read It
After you’ve compiled your ideas in a useful format, added a suitable title, and edited to enhance readability, get a friend to read it. Ask for their reaction and implement any feedback to make your essay a catchy one!