Writing a process analysis, or how-to essay, requires a thesis explaining the importance of the process, a sequenced guide to the process with detailed explanations of each step's requirements and any potential pitfalls or consequences for leaving out a step. Readers need to be able to follow how-to essays to the letter and achieve consistent, predictable results.
- Draft the process
Go through the process of the action the essay is devoted to. Make detailed notes as you complete the process, from tools and supplies to the time frame for completion. Also note any problems should a step or a detail be forgotten during the process.
- Write the essay
Introduce your process and discuss why it is the most preferred method for completing the task. Include all tools and supplies for the task's completion in the introduction. Write the process in body paragraphs, using transitions such as first, then and next, and use bullet points or numbers to show sequencing. Conclude with a description of the expected final result.
- Review the process essay
Follow your essay's instructions exactly. If you find that you must add or change a step, revise your essay to reflect that change. Double-check that you included all of the details and that all of the details you included are necessary. Make sure the result you expected is the result that occurs. Check for correct grammar and clarity of language.