In this video you will learn how to write an essay about a person.
This will work for writing about pretty much anybody: about yourself, your friends, your relatives.
Writing about public figures, historical figures and even about fictional characters.
Now the biggest challenge in writing an essay is coming up with material.
And the easiest way to keep your ideas flowing is to break your topic into subtopics.
So our topic is this “person.”
We are writing about this person. This Person is our subject.
So how would we go about breaking our subject in to subtopics?
So the easiest way to break up a topic is to use the Power of Three!
And let’s see how it would work with talking about a person.
Now, what does any person have? What aspects are relevant to anybody?
- Any person will have an emotions aspect. There are emotions to every person. This section or part of the essay will answer the question “How emotional is this person in her decision making?” or perhaps, what predominant emotions does this person have? Is this person predominantly positive or negative? Neutral or apathetic? And so on so you can discuss many emotions about this person.
- Any person has an intellect. So there’s an intellectual aspect. And this part of the essay will answer the question “How smart is this person?” or “How is this person’s decision making is affected by this person’s intellect or logic?”
- The physical aspect of this person. And this answers the question “How do her physical qualities affect her and others?” How do they affect her life? What are they? And they are many more questions you can ask about the person’s physicality.
Okay. Now a great way to talk about a person is to discuss a change. Any kind of a change. So how would this work? Well let’s see.
Again we’re going to use the Power of Three. And what would be our first part?
- The past. So basically this answers the questions, “How did this person use to be in the past?”
- The actual change. What happened? What are the events or factors that made this person change? What actually brought about the change in this person? So this basically answers the question, “What happened that changed this person?”
- Maybe the person went to college, and college life changed this person.
- Maybe this person went to prison.
- Maybe this person underwent some interesting sort of transformation.
- Maybe childbirth or passing of a loved one.
It could be anything. But is this a changing event or changing factor?
- The present. This would answer the question “How is this person now?”
And there you have it, you have three parts or three sections if you want to structure your essay this way. You have the past, the change and the present. A wonderful way to discuss any person including a fictional character, anybody.
Now, you can combine the different aspects to form a longer essay.
Let’s see how this would work.
So we’re combining different aspects and this will help you write as many words or as many pages you want in your essay.
So the subject in the essay is the person. And of course you’re going to have a thesis so whatever it is you’re saying about this person.
And you have three main sections. And let’s say you decided the three section will be devoted to the past, the change and the present.
So you will be discussing:
- how this person changed,
- how this person was in the past,
- what was the actual change,
- what happened as the result
- how is the person in the present
So you’re using the Power of Three. And here’s what you can do right now.
You can use the Power of Three again within this main section.
Section 1: You can talk about how was this person was in the past, in terms of:
Does that makes sense?
Section 2: When you talk about change, you can still use the Power of Three.
So you can ask the question “What were the drivers of change?”
You can be even more specific here and ask “What were the three drivers of change?”
And then you answer that question.
For example, if that person went to college. Maybe it were:
- The pressure of having to submit work on time.
And then those factors changed this person.
Section 3: As a result, how is this person again in terms of:
Does that makes sense? Okay, great.
Now, there’s more than one way to talk about a person, there are many more aspects of any person.
- Outer vs Inner Life
- Personal vs professional. The person could be a great professional but the personal life is a disaster, who knows.
- Abilities, skills, qualities. You can pick three abilities, three skills, three qualities, it doesn’t matter. Discuss the person in terms of these.
- So much more. You can pick any aspects you can think of.
And again you can use the Power of Three in each those sections.