How to Write an Essay about Your Interests

Are you looking for a quick and simple way to write an essay about your interests? Then you’ve found the perfect tutorial for you!

Writing such an essay can be fun, but it can sometimes become challenging if you’re unsure how to approach it. So, in this tutorial, I will show you how to write an essay about your interests in five simple steps. We’ll write an example of such an essay, too.

Let’s dive in!

Step 1. Plan the word count for each paragraph.

Planning the word count for each of your essay’s paragraphs will help you organize your ideas, which makes it simpler and quicker for you to write any essay.

Essays have three important parts:

  • The introductory paragraph
  • Three body paragraphs
  • The concluding paragraph

So, for example, if you need to write a 300-word essay, you can follow the diagram below to distribute 300 words across the five paragraphs in your essay:

Step 2. Choose your essay’s main idea and its supporting points.

Before you start writing any essay, you need to come up with a main idea that will overarch your three supporting points. 

To do this, you can think of three distinct interests that you want to talk about in your essay. Then, think about what they have in common. Do these interests help you relieve stress? Do they help you find a balance in your life? 

Whatever you choose will be your essay’s thesis. It will be your basis — the main point.

For example, we can say, “My interests offer me a creative outlet.” This is enough for now because you’ll better understand how to expand it in the next step.

Next, you’ll divide the thesis using the Power of Three to support your claim.

The Power of Three will help you divide any essay’s main idea into three supporting points. It’s a three-part structure that helps you write your body paragraphs.

Let’s try it for our example with the thesis: “My interests offer me a creative outlet.”

  1. I like drawing.
  2. I like dancing.
  3. I like scrapbooking.

Great! Now we’re ready for the next step.

Step 3. Write the introductory paragraph.

Writing an essay usually starts with the introductory paragraph. Here are the important components you must include:

The introduction, the first sentence, catches your readers’ attention and makes them want to know about your interests. The rest will be your thesis and its three supporting points.

Let’s look at an example:

Introductory Paragraph

“Having interests allows us to pursue our passions outside of work or school and engage in activities that help us relax, relieve stress, and stay happy. In my case, my interests offer me a creative outlet. Drawing has always been one of my passions since childhood, which is a great way to express myself visually. I also like dancing, which allows me to express myself through music and movement. And I also like scrapbooking, which helps me preserve my thoughts and memories in a creative and meaningful way.”

Note how it goes from general to specific. It started with a general statement, the introduction, followed by the thesis, and its three supporting points.

Step 4. Write the three body paragraphs.

After writing your introductory paragraph, you will write the body paragraphs that contain your main idea’s supporting points. Here’s a structure you can follow to make things simpler for you:

As you can see, writing a body paragraph for any essay starts with a topic sentence. Then, you will explain it briefly and illustrate it using example/s.

Paragraph 1

“I like drawing because it is a great way to express myself visually. With drawing, I can communicate my thoughts, ideas, and emotions. When I draw, I can convey a message without using words and express myself in a way that is both creative and meaningful. I like drawing whenever I feel upset or depressed. For instance, I drew an elaborate doodle when I felt anxious and stressed at work yesterday.”

In this body paragraph, the first sentence serves as the topic sentence, which gives context to our body paragraph. 

The following sentences explain the supporting point. The rest of the paragraph illustrates the topic sentence with examples.

Paragraph 2

“Dancing is a creative outlet I enjoy. It allows me to express myself through music and movement. It also helps me feel in touch with my emotions and connect with myself and the world around me. When I danced to a slow and emotional song last Sunday, I felt like I was releasing my sadness and expressing myself through my movements.”

Paragraph 3

“I like scrapbooking because it allows me to express my creativity and preserve my thoughts and memories. It is a therapeutic activity that helps me relax, relive memories, and tell a story through pictures. For example, I took photos of beautiful scenery and my family when we hiked a mountain last year. When we returned home, I spent hours selecting the best pictures and choosing colorful papers, stickers, and embellishments to create stunning scrapbook pages.”

Like our first body paragraph, paragraphs 2 and 3 follow the same structure, which starts from a general statement and proceeds to more specific points.

Step 5. Write the concluding paragraph.

Restating what you’ve already stated in your introductory paragraph using different words is the simplest and quickest way to write a concluding paragraph. 

It is a time-proven method, so it always works! 

Let’s try it for our sample essay:

Concluding Paragraph

“Engaging in interests outside work or school can help us stay happy. For me, drawing, dancing, and scrapbooking are interests that allow me to express myself in a creative and meaningful way. Whether I am drawing to communicate ideas, dancing to connect with my emotions, or scrapbooking to preserve memories, my interests help me relax, unwind, and find a balance.”

Note how we only restated the points already made in the introductory paragraph, but they are worded differently, which makes writing the concluding paragraph pretty simple. 

And that’s it! I hope this tutorial has been helpful. 

Now go ahead and write a brilliant essay about your interests!

Tutor Phil

Tutor Phil is an e-learning professional who helps adult learners finish their degrees by teaching them academic writing skills.

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