Being a writer can be very challenging. Your work can influence lots of people. Even a small poem or a story can encourage readers to change their lives. But only a really valuable piece can have such impact, the one the author has put part of his soul into. A lot of writers make their works autobiographical, probably because it is easier to describe something you have experienced. However, when it comes to writing a reflective essay, many authors find it difficult to express their feelings on paper. That is why this article is focused on the main rules a writer should observe to make his or her reflective essay accurate.
Rule #1 Clearly distinguish the difference between description and reflection. Let me give you a good example to illustrate this. Imagine that you took part in a volunteering program and worked with homeless people. If you write about the conditions they live in, the tasks you have accomplished there, or your contribution to the project, it will be a description. Instead, if you put on paper the emotions you have experienced, or the ideas that came to your mind and your intentions to implement these ideas – that will definitely be an illustration of a reflection.
Rule #2 Start with interesting leading sentence that will attract reader’s attention. Then introduce the topic of the essay and explain why it is important to analyze it. Finish your introduction paragraph with definitions and models that will appear in the essay.
Rule #3 The main body of your paper has to be divided into three parts. The first one should describe your experience or event you want to investigate. The second needs to provide evaluation of all that happened. In the last one you have to analyze your experience or event, the reason why it happened and its outcomes. So basically, you need to answer three questions: What happened? What was your reaction or how it made you feel? What further actions can be taken?
Rule #4 The conclusion has to be brief and clear-cut. At first provide a short recap of the analysis you have made, then lead the reader to the purpose of the essay and at the very end give some suggestion on how the problems or issues raised in the paper can be solved.
Rule #5 Take into consideration that writing a reflective essay is not a one-hour task. You need to think carefully of what you are going to write and solutions you can propose. That is why I recommend you to start writing your essay at least three days before the deadline. This way you will have plenty of time to come up with great ideas.