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How to Write a 1000-Word Essay

By Alexandra Wright ; Updated September 29, 2017

Items you will need

  • Pen or pencil

  • Notepad or paper

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Writing a 1000-word essay leaves the writer with the responsibility of creating an argument within a limited amount of words. It is important that a writer takes the time to write the essay well. Careful planning and thought will ensure that that the essay writer is able to create an essay that is clear and well-written.

Make a list of potential topics for your essay. Choose topics you are interested in.

Narrow down your list to three potential topics. Make sure that your three potential topics can be discussed within the word constraints of a 1000-word essay.

Do some initial research on your three potential topics. This will ensure that you will have enough research material to complete your essay.

Choose the topic you will focus your essay on. Re-check to ensure that you will have good resources for your research.

Start to research your paper. Use the Internet, as well as libraries. Go to a college library and use the academic databases when possible. Take notes and make copies. Put all research material in a folder marked specifically for your 1000-word essay.

Analyze the material you have collected for your 1000-word essay. Read the articles you have collected and highlight or underline points you would like to see used in your essay.

Decide what material you will use for your essay after you have analyzed it. Separate the material you will use from the material you will not use.

Begin to brainstorm. Use the material you have researched and write down ideas about ways you can use it in your essay. Write down any ideas that come to mind.

Look at your brainstorming ideas and decide which of the ideas can become the main idea, also known as thesis, of your essay.

Outline your 1000-word essay. Decide how long each paragraph will be so that you stay within your word limit. Make sure that each idea flows into the other ideas in the essay.

Write your thesis. Your thesis should be the main point around which you will write your essay. The thesis that you pick should explain your main argument clearly to your reader.

Create your introduction. The introduction of your essay should capture the attention of your reader while explaining the issue. The introduction should be developed around your thesis.

Write the body of your essay. Make sure that each paragraph is connected to your thesis. The body of the essay should give evidence that supports your thesis.

Conclude your essay with a paragraph that reiterates the important part of the 1000 words you have written. Make sure that your conclusion references your thesis.

Proofread your 1000-word essay carefully. Check for grammatical and spelling errors, as well as logical paragraph flow in the essay.


Never plagiarize an essay. Doing so may jeopardize your grade, as well as your academic career.


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About the Author

Alexandra Wright is a freelance writer and professional educator. She has taught English as a second language and has experience teaching English at the elementary, secondary and university levels. Wright holds a Master of Arts in English literature.

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