1st Edition

The Basics of Essay Writing

By Nigel Warburton Copyright 2007

    Nigel Warburton, bestselling author and experienced lecturer, provides all the guidance and advice you need to dramatically improve your essay-writing skills. The book opens with a discussion of why it is so important to write a good essay, and proceeds through a step-by-step exploration of exactly what you should consider to improve your essays and marks.

    You will find help on how to:

    focus on answering the question asked

    research and plan your essay

    build and sustain an argument

    improve your writing style and tone.

    The Basics of Essay Writing is packed full of good advice and practical exercises. Students of all ages and in every subject area will find it an easy-to-use and indispensable aid to their studies.

    How to Use This Book  1. What’s the Point?  2. Start Writing  3. Answer the Question  4. Research and Planning  5. Make a Case  6. Beginnings, Middles, Ends  7. Plagiarism, Quotation, Reference  8. The Craft of Writing  9. Exam Essays  10. How to Improve your Essay Writing.  Acknowledgements.  Further Reading


    Nigel Warburton is freelance philosopher. He is author of several books for Routledge including Philosophy: The Classics, Philosophy: Basic Readings, Thinking from A–Z, and The Basics of Essay Writing.


    ‘I’ll be tackling my next essay with Nigel Warburton’s The Basics of Essay Writing in one hand and a pen in the other.’ – Higher Education Academy Network, UK