So you’re looking for tips on writing an essay for ICSE:
Well, here’s everything I have accumulated over the past couple of years that’ll help you write that near-perfect piece!
Take a moment to read this scenario:
“I was walking through a dark room. I could barely see anything. My flashlight had run out of battery. There was a bed and a chair beside it, and a wooden log over that chair. It fell and made a noise.”
Now imagine this very scene:
“The room was pitch-black. My vision was lost and my flashlight had run out of battery. I could see an old, rusty bed in front me, and a three-foot long metallic chair that accompanied it. It held a grooved wooden log, which slipped over and rumbled against the wooden floor.”
Which one’s better? You be the judge.
The majority(and this includes the council teachers, for your purposes) would prefer the latter.
The key point the latter accomplishes is that, it allows the readers to feel or imagine what’s going on. This is an important function of a fictional world that most people don’t talk about.
I’d highly, highly recommend you to opt in for a story or an imaginative composition while choosing your essay. My reasons:
- You have the freedom to experiment with your own language.
- In a world of fiction, nothing is wrong.
- It’s generally more appealing to the teachers.
I know what you’re thinking.
“Adittya, I’m not an imaginative person!”
“Adittya, I don’t know anything about writing a story.”
But that’s wrong.
Everyone can pen down a story. If you don’t try it, you’ll never know what you’re capable of.
Here’s something to make you feel better:
The plot of your story does not matter. Let that sink in.
I know that you’re used to hearing how important a good turn of events is, or how you get extra marks for exciting the examiner but I’m sorry, that’s not how it works.
Essentially, ICSE English Language is what it sounds like, an English Language assessment. They aren’t sitting around to assess your creative writing skills.
What you do need, however, if you want to score well in your ’20’ marks’ essay, is:
- A Near-Perfect Sense Of Grammar: Needless to say, this comes with acquaintance with the language. The more you use it, hear it, or express yourself with, the better you’ll get at Grammar. No one’s perfect, so don’t be disappointed if you can’t reach this milestone within few months. It takes time, we’re talking about an entire dialect here.
- Proper Fluidity: It’s how you connect your sentences, and what meaning they hold to each other. I’m sure you well know that cause and effect go in a particular direction, and that must be maintained while you’re writing.
- Straight Expression: It means what you exactly want to say, or express by your words. We’re bound to write a short story, so don’t be vague with your writing. It’ll only waste your time and increase your risks.
- A Moral or Thought-Provocation: Despite your stories’ plot, it must end with either a proper moral or a thought in the reader’s mind. This balances the weak plotline.
Enough of what should be there in your essay, let’s talk about how to actually write a good essay.
- Don’t overthink, just let it flow: You’re at the exam hall, and you’re graciously wasting your 15-minutes reading time thinking about your brave characters and fantasy setting. Don’t. I mean sure, think about what you’re going to write, but don’t think think about it. You’ll get absolutely nowhere. Just. Start. Writing. Ideas will come to you as you write, you don’t need to think of one plot beforehand. Take some of the reading time to come up with a good title for the story.
- Use Descriptions: One of my friend says, “It’s your life, make it large.” Don’t ask me why, but it awfully fits here. As in the example before, the latter setting had much more descriptions and sensations. It’s an added bonus if you can describe something with metaphors. However, avoid using cliches like “Her skin was bushes of cloud”.
- Add Dialogues: Some stories, ones with multiple characters can use dialogues to enhance the experience of storytelling. Dialogues, however, cannot be put in every story: Use them wisely.
- Initiate A Climax: Whatever your plot is, it must have a suitable climax, a scene where the reader is at an all-time high with expectations and eagerness. Your climax may or may not turn the entire story around.
- End It Wisely: Even if the ending is cliche, you must know when to properly end your story. Make sure everything is dealt with before ending the story, and don’t delay the ending way too much after the climax. Don’t start pondering over how to perfectly phrase your ending. Just do it at the suitable time and call it a success.
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