One-Word Essays

The good thing about one word essays is that you can write it as a narrative, as an inspirational essay or as an essay describing an attribute of life.

Starting the essay:

  • Add a quote relevant to the topic, it generally helps. Don’t just make up bizarre quotes, if you know a quote then add it, if you don’t then no problem.
  • Start the essay in a open manner, describe the word and it’s importance (if you’re not going towards narrative style). For example: “Dreams – Dreams are an essential part of life, they are a collection of all the emotions and sensations of a person gathered into a real life play.

Main body:

The main body should be composed of how the attributes work as an inspirational, important part of life. For example: “Dreams act as an inspiration for people. Everyone dreams about what is hidden deep within their minds, something they desire, something they thrive for. When a person dreams about something he/she wants, he/she feels rejuvenated and inspired to do something to fulfill his dreams“.


Summarize you’re thoughts about the matter and finish with a strong sentence. For Example: “Imagine a person who does not dream – how envious he would feel; nothing to aim at, nothing to be inspired by.

Generally, one word essays can be very open but tough to write. You need to put in a lot of thought into the essay and hence the plan is very essential. Take your time and plan out how you will approach the essay and then write an interesting, factual account on the topic.

If you’re writing narratives on a One Word Essay, go for stories like “Success Stories”, “How Dreams Turned Into Reality”.

Example One-Word Essay on “Success“:

The rewards one gets in life are usually the results of one’s efforts. No man can hope to have a very easy life and also at the same time a very successful one.

There may be only one or two exceptions in thousands of cases in this matter. It is astonishing what intelligent efforts can achieve when channelised in the right direction. Had success been easy, everyone would have been successful. However, the path to success is not as difficult to climb as it might appear. Each time we overcome an obstacle, the work we are attempting becomes easier.

It is very necessary to work hard to achieve success. But psychologists say that if we love our work, we will never find it hard or tiring. There is no substitute for hard work. At the same time, there should be a purpose and a noble goal at which to aim and advance. We must decide our aim in life or what we want most out of our life and then constantly work for it.

The early attempts towards the goal of success are the hardest. The more our efforts get success, the easier it becomes to do so. In the end it becomes our habit. Then success follows success. Nothing is impossible to a man who has a purpose and the perseverance to persist with it. Self-confidence, courage and strong will power are necessary to get success.

It is not how much we do but how well we do that is important. But at the same time one should also keep this in mind that it is better to do something than to do nothing due to fear of failure. It is why courage is necessary to achieve success. In the ordinary business of life industry can do anything which genius can do. Genius is nothing but quality of making persistent efforts in spite of facing thousands of failures.

Turning the pages of History, it is evident that success had never been just a matter of luck. Let’s start with the concrete example of Isaac Newton who witnessed a simple phenomenon of a falling apple, and gave a profound theory regarding ‘gravity’. It was not a matter of luck, it was his smartness that helped him give a revolutionizing theory which brought a revolution in the field of Physics. Albert Einstein, one of the pioneers in Physics, worked on problems from hours to weeks to years encountering failures after failures. Had luck been on his side, he would have given his theory in the first place. But it wasn’t luck, it was his struggle and effort which earned him glory, success and salvation in the end.

Fortune favours the brave. There is no gain without taking risk. How can a man who never ventures win? In life one has to take bold decisions quickly. Time and tide wait for nobody. The timid, weak and undecided are swept aside by the tide of time. Determination and concentration can enable a man to attain success in any field of life. So success is not a matter of luck, it depends on firm determination and full preparation.


Here are some other sample essays, read them and get an idea of how to approach the topics: