Content of this article
- How to choose topic
- Topic List
Purposes of a process essay?
The process essay explains how things are done or provide details on how something works. Process essay writing should tell the reader and the audience on how to do something, where there are directions provided. Just like manuals, the process essay informs and explains the process and steps required. The reader goes through the process essay and they can either do the process or choose not to, but they should understand the process after reading the essay. You also need to understand the process and highlight its importance. At times, there are different ways to carry out the process, and the writer needs to consider the audience’s knowledge.
In the process essay, each of the steps highlighted is important and when one is likely to encounter challenges, then this is emphasized to keep the reader well informed. Just like other essays, the process essay writing includes the introduction, body paragraphs and the conclusion. The steps are explained as they would occur from the first to the last, and in outlining the process the reader knows what to expect if they follow the steps. Even as including details is necessary, the information should neither be sketchy or too much to overwhelm since the aim is to explain the step by step process similar to ‘how to’ tutorials.
Since process analysis essays provide directions through highlighting the steps to be followed, the essay also explains how something works. When there are unfamiliar concepts the writer takes effort to explain this, and the steps are done in a chronological order. As such, you need to ensure that the steps make sense that one can follow without repeating or skipping any of the steps. At the same time, it is important to add the transitions to ensure the flow of ideas, and when revising the essay one summarizes the process as a quick step guide. Ideally, the process essay should contain at least three steps arranged chronologically while the transitions make the process clear.
How to choose a great topic for process essay
The writing process can be frustrating and in choosing topics for a process essay, one needs to brainstorm the ideas and then choose the ideas that can easily be explored. Identifying background information on the topic helps in outlining and writing the personal essay. The steps should be easily understood, so that people can do something themselves. Choosing a good topic makes it easier to write since there is a need to determine the scope of the topic that is neither too narrow nor too broad.
Criterions of choice:
- Choose a topic that is manageable;
- Identify the keywords;
- Narrow the topic;
- Define the research question;
- Research on the topic and look what others have written.
Top 50 Process Essay Topics For Good Writing
- The writing process
- The budgeting process
- Oil extraction process
- Election process
- Learning process
- Interview process
- Risk management process
- What is the process of obtaining American Citizenship?
- Process of installing an alarm system
- How to write a book review
- How is the research process carried out?
- Car manufacture process
- How to wax a car?
- How to make friends in a new place?
- The college application process
- The interview process
- How to cook sushi?
- How to train for a marathon?
- How to defrost a freezer?
- Mortgage loan process
- How to register as voter?
- Making buttermilk
- How to check for network vulnerability?
- Process of getting a passport
- How to save money and reduce unnecessary spending?
- The car assembly process
- Education: changing major
- Education: succeeding in college
- Education: becoming a teacher
- Census: How to conduct a census?
- Losing weight
- Marketing: Successful social media branding
- Baking bread
- Manufacture: how forklifts are made?
- Manufacture: The process of making whiskey
- Manufacture: making a mini rocket
- Transport: how airports operate?
- Fire extinguisher: how phosphates extinguish fire?
- Emergency planning: how to prepare for emergency disasters?
- Archaeology: carbon dating process
- Sleep disorder: overcoming insomnia
- Behavior- overcoming anxiety
- Behavior: breaking from bad habits
- Sport: choosing the right sport
- Web programming: making a website
- Carpentry: making furniture
- Real estate: modeling a house
- Jobs and workplace: improving productivity in the workplace
- Healthcare: becoming a registered nurse
- Judiciary: becoming a supreme court justice
You may ask yourself, how do I work this?
(Yes, thanks to David Byrne and the Talking Heads for my opening line.)
I don’t know about you, but I’ve asked this question more than once in my lifetime.
I’m sure you’ve asked this question many times, too. For example, how do I change my ringtone? How do I sign up for fall classes? Or how to I pick a topic for my process essay?
It’s the simple “How do I…” or “How to…” statement that is the basic premise of a process essay. In a nutshell, a process essay tells readers how to do something. (In a way, this blog post is an informal process essay, too! Whoa!)
Keep reading to learn more, as this post explains the basics of a process essay and lists 15 process essay topics to get you started.
Process Essay Basics
As the title of the essay implies, a process essay tells readers how to do something and is essentially a step-by-step essay that explains a process.
But remember, a process essay is not a set of instructions.
You’re writing an essay, so write in essay format and choose a somewhat simple process. Don’t choose a topic that is so complex that you’d need to write an instruction manual to fully explain the process.
This also means that you shouldn’t number each step and you will need to use appropriate transitions to link each step. While it’s tempting (and certainly much easier) to simply link each step with “..and then you do this” “and then you do that”, don’t because that makes for boring reading.
Time is also an important element when writing a process essay. I don’t mean the time you spend writing the essay. I mean the time it will take your audience to complete the process you’re explaining. So help your readers by being specific about how long it will take.
Not quite sure how to link ideas or which time cues might help readers? You might try a few of these transitions:
- First, second, etc. (Be careful about using these, as you don’t want to use them in place of numbering.)
- Before this, before
- At the same time, simultaneously, during
- After a few minutes, after a few hours, after 24 hours
- Finally, last, lastly
Now that you have a better understanding of what makes a good process essay let’s move on to finding a topic for your paper. (See what I did there by using a transition?)
15 Process Essay Topics That Make Sense
Check out this list of process essay topics to help inspire your next writing masterpiece.
Write a process to explain how to:
1. Change Facebook privacy settings
Just about everyone could use some help changing privacy settings on Facebook. This type of process essay can easily slip into a set of directions though, so find a clever or humorous way to tell readers how to change their settings (without making them want to pull out their hair).
2. Make a good first impression
There are two key points in life where people are eager to make a good first impression: a job interview and a first date. Of course, your explanation of how to speak, act, and dress will be different for each scenario, so don’t try to write a general essay about making a good impression in every situation. Pick a specific scenario and go with it.
3. Master Call of Duty (or another video game)
If you’re a hard-core gamer, beating Call of Duty might be your life’s mission. If you want to help others complete their missions, you might write about mastering the game or simply making it through a particularly difficult section of the game.
4. Teach someone how to text
Granted, most people today already know how to text, but do you know anyone in your life, such as your great-grandmother or your four-year-old brother, who doesn’t understand texting?
Choose your words carefully. Technology can be difficult to understand, especially if you use too many terms that may be unfamiliar to your audience.
5. Train your dog to sit (or do another trick)
I’ve tried to train my dog, and he still ignores me. Part of your process for training a dog might include a few examples of what not to do. This would certainly help people like me who haven’t been able to teach their old dogs any new tricks!
6. Use Foursquare (or other social media) to meet people in your area
This essay might be less about how to actually use the app and more about how to use the technology to your advantage. How can the technology help you meet people, and why is meeting people in this way a good idea?
7. Draw a cow
When explaining how to draw an image, it’s a good idea to provide a few sketches to help readers see what you’re explaining.
Of course, you can tell someone how to draw another object, but I think it would be more fun to explain how to draw a cow. Besides, who wouldn’t want to learn to draw an awesome looking cow like the one I’ve included below?
Mouldy Sponge (www.sketchport.com )
8. Set up a good online dating profile
What makes an online profile good? That’s a tricky question.
Everyone is looking for different characteristics and personality traits in a partner, so your task in this process essay is to determine what type of person you’d like to attract and then explain to readers how to attract that person. If you’re a dog person, for instance, and want to avoid cat people, it’s probably a good idea to state that in your profile.
9. Shoot a perfect free throw
The first consideration when explaining how to shoot a perfect free throw is the experience level of your audience.
Is your audience a group of basketball players who would just like a few extra pointers on how to improve their game? Or, is your audience made of people who have never picked up a basketball and don’t even know what a free throw is?
Your audience will determine the language you use and what information you’ll include.
10.Take an amazing selfie
If you’ve ever taken a bad selfie and promptly deleted it before it ever made it to social media, then you know what not to do when taking a selfie.
So what makes a good selfie? Is it your smile, your pose, the people you’re with, or the background image? How do you combine these elements to take a selfie worthy of envy?
11. Use Etsy to start a small business
Have you started selling your handmade products on Etsy? Have you made enough money to consider quitting your other part-time job? If so, try sharing your knowledge, your experiences, and your secrets to success.
12. Bathe a cat
I don’t know how many of you have ever been able to successfully bathe a cat, but if you’re one of the select few, why not explain to your readers how it’s done!
13. Survive another boring English class
Let’s face it, lectures can be b-o-r-i-n-g. You can only listen to a professor ramble on about symbolism and metaphor for so long. So how do you get through the lecture? Try offering some practical tips on how to take notes or how to engage in the material.
You might also try writing a more lighthearted piece, explaining the importance of how quality doodling can help students stay awake.
14. Look like a fashionista
If you have the gift of style, and think those around you could use a little advice, help them out by explaining what they need to do to look fabulous, such as a hip new haircut, a fabulous new pair of shoes, or a make-under.
15. Change the oil in your car
This step-by-step process can be a challenge because it lends itself to a set of instructions. Resist the temptation to write instructions. Instead, try mixing in practical advice, tips on what not to do, and perhaps even a few funny stories about your own mistakes.
Quick Tips on Choosing a Topic and Writing a Process Essay
As you finalize your topic choice, be sure to choose a process you’ve completed many times and that you can explain to someone else.
Need more ideas? Check out these example process essays.
If you don’t know a lot about the topic and want to research the process, you’ll learn something new, but this might not be the easiest path to writing the essay. If you haven’t already mastered the process, it will be hard to learn and write all at once.
You might even want to complete the process a few times before you begin writing to help you remember the order of steps and which steps are most important.
Finally, here’s an important tip for after you’ve written your essay.
Read your draft and follow your own advice. See if you can actually complete the process by following your step-by-step explanation. (Of course, this won’t work for every process essay, as you can’t exactly train your dog in an afternoon, but it certainly works for essays that focus on quick processes like changing Facebook settings or taking a good selfie.)
If you’re trying to complete the process by reading your own paper, but find you are having trouble, your readers will have trouble too. This means you’ll need to do some revision.
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