I need help writing an essay on a day when everything went wrong.

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lynnebh | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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Do you need to write an essay on this topic? We cannot write your essay for you, but we can give you some ideas.

Can you brainstorm on a day in your life when everything DID go wrong? If so, that is your starting point. If not, try to remember a time when at least one thing went wrong, and build around it. I am guessing that the essay does not have to be "true" and if this is the case, make something up. It can be realistic or outrageous, depending on what you feel like writing.

Check out the hints for writing essays here on eNotes. Make sure you grab the reader's attention right from the start. There are many ways to do this - sometimes a question is effective - but in any case, make sure your opening is attention-grabbing. For example:

Tiny particles of glass surrounded my bare feet. I could not take one step without cutting my toes on the dangerous shards. Moments ago, the organge juice glass had slipped from my bacon-greased hands and landed on the floor. I was already running 30 minutes behind for school. No one was awake yet to bail me out of my dilemma. What could I do? I decided to take a giant step forward to an area of the floor where the glass was not so heavy, but my heel slipped on some of the juice and I fell flat on my behind. Now I was sitting amidst the glass and the juice and the gunk.

Then you could continue in this way and describe all sorts of other things that went wrong after this - perhaps your brother or sister heard the thud, and came running in to help you, and then he/she, too, slipped in the mess. You both start yelling for your parents, and your mother jumps out of bed, trips and breaks her ankle...............

If you think this idea is lame, make up something on your own! Good luck.

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