How to Make an Essay Longer

‘’There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.’’ – Ernest Hemingway


The word count of an essay or its length is of great importance. Every highly-ranked college requires a qualitative research paper. Thus, the essay structure, size, topics need to be thoroughly followed. To put it simply, a sentence of an essay is a set of words that contain a subject and a predicate. While the subject describes what the sentence is about, a predicate explains what is said about the subject.

A paragraph is a collection of connected sentences. The clincher is the last sentence of the paragraph. A paragraph has several parts; the topic sentence, supporting ideas, sentences in the paragraph that explain the topic sentence. It is recommended that the paragraph has at least three supporting ideas.

The essay draft

An essay is a piece of writing long enough to cover many topics and present a different point of views. It is not recommended to write an essay in the first person (I and me).

First, define a topic to write about, then brainstorm ideas onto paper. Next, organize notes from the previous brainstorm and jot down the first draft of the essay. Add certain changes if necessary and write the second draft.

The length of an essay

There are several ways on how to write a longer essay. The main guide is the ideas in the essay. The other essay parts are to explain those ideas. In certain cases, added research will add a lot more information. Such research is necessary to support the evidence in regards to the main objectives of an essay. 

‘’Whenever we read a sentence and like it, we unconsciously store it away in our model-chamber, and it goes with the myriad of it fellows, to the building, brick by brick, of the eventual edifice which we call our style.’’ – Mark Twain

The standardized formatting recommendations are APA using Times New Roman pt 12 with spacing at double space. Apply standard A4 white paper 21cm x 25 cm with margins at 2.5 cm all sides.

For in-text citations write the author’s last name and year of publication. In the case of quotes, separate lines are indented and follow short quotes. In the case of short quotes, place the author’s last name and year of publication. The authors’ names are inverted – use last name and first names’ as initials. 

The reference list entries should be alphabetized by the last name of the first author of each article. In case of multiple articles by the same author, list the entries in chronological order, from earliest to most recent and write the title of the journal in full. In the case of books, chapters, web pages try to capitalize only the first letter of the first word of a title and subtitle.

The use of phrases

The use of phrases or words to transition ideas is highly appreciated. The following academic phrases are recommended: in light of, of course, demonstrating that, therefore, in conclusion, likewise, equally, however, whereas, despite all this, this illustrates that, as a matter of fact, etc.

The conclusion

Before submitting an essay, involve colleagues and teachers to provide feedback. Afterwards, if no additional readjustments are needed, hand in the final paper.

The conclusion of an essay is often necessary to summarize the thesis and the main points of the entire essay.