But once you have started, you will realize that an essay writes itself. Just fill in your ideas, whether you are narrating a topic closest to your heart or arguing a point of view.
Let your thought flow naturally in a logical, flowing fashion. If you decide to do this type of paper, here are some useful tips you can follow:
When writing a compare contrast essay, the first step is to choose a topic such as two events you have recently attended. You can focus on two people dearest to your heart who you can write about with ease because of your familiarity with them; two interesting things that you see everyday or two places you have just been to, with many similarities and differences.
Once you have identified the two subjects, decide which similarity and difference to focus on. This way you can effectively put across ideas on a particular topic, making a connection with your reader. Organize your essay in alternating or divided pattern.
Alternate the details from one side of the comparison or oppose the other, each time giving specific details to support both subjects of your comparison.
Go beyond description of the subjects you are comparing and what is important about them. Describe the features of the first subject, and then the other, making a careful transition to show that you are comparing the second subject to the first.
Consider the relation between the topics you have chosen, and organize your essay around the similarities and their differences.
Writing the argument
The order of similarity should be the same all throughout the paragraph to avoid confusing the reader. This will also give coherence to a comparison paragraph. Use conjunctions such as: similarly, in the same manner, likewise, the same as, also, too or both. Example: 1) Boracay Islands and El Nido in Palawan are both favorite tourist destinations in the Philippines. 2) Boracay Island beach resorts attracts foreign tourists as much as El Nido.
After presenting the similarities, in your contrast paragraph discuss the differences between the two subjects you have chosen using contrastive expressions or conjunctions such as: another difference, whereas, but, however, while, different in many ways. Example: Boracay Island beach resorts and El Nido in Palawan are backpackers' paradise. However, Boracay has become too crowded for comfort. Foreign tourists make El Nido their option for a more relaxing holiday and a bit of privacy, too.
After citing similarities and differences in your chosen subjects, reinstate your arguments towards the conclusion to make your essay
effective to influence your reader to act on your recommendation.
Strong concluding paragraph
The last paragraph of the compare contrast essay should be a condensation of your arguments into a couple of sentences. You should assert your conclusion about the subjects you have discussed. Like story-telling, your paper should not leave readers with several unanswered questions in their minds.