The essays below give directions so that you can replicate the results, or they explain how something works. You can learn to write an effective process analysis from these websites:
- Butte College Center for Academic Success: Writing a Process Paper
- Classroom: How to Write a Process Analysis Essay
- Excelsior College Online Writing Lab (OWL): Process Essay
All writers in this collection speak for themselves—and themselves alone.
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Kiera Butler, a senior editor at Mother Jones, asks author and food linguist Dan Jurafsky to analyze the menu at Taco Bell.
Former Colorado Supreme Court justice Rebecca Love Kourlis lists five steps for changing civil court so that it is more simple, affordable, and effective.
Demian Farnworth, a contributor to CopyBlogger, gives advice on composing effective sentences.
Psychology expert and New Yorker contributor Maria Konnikova reports how Facebook may be affecting users' emotional states.
Author David Grimm explains how one natural disaster changed the status of American pets and the way we care for them.
By the time most students finish college, they are tens of thousands of dollars in debt. Robert Shireman, Executive Director of California Competes, helps decipher "helpful" payment-plan web guides.
Scott Adams, the creator of the Dilbert comic strip, explains how he got the most out of his college education and offers advice to students now enrolled.
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Maria Konnikova, a New Yorker blogger who focuses on psychology and science, investigates people's conscious and unconscious abilities to detect lies.
In this humorous essay, Garrison Keillor examines the long forgotten art of writing letters. Published in 1987, this essay predates e-communication and creates a longing for a simpler time.
The two most common reasons for a relationship to fail are money issues and communication problems. Washington Post personal finance columnist Michelle Singletary posits the problem is usually a fusion of the two—a lack of communication about financial matters—and offers suggestions to avoid a potential relationship disaster.
Neither a Wallflower Nor a Paris Geller Be: The Use and Abuse of Class Participation in the College Classroom
Rebecca Schuman, education columnist for Slate, explains how to participate in class successfully.
Writing for the New Yorker, Patricia Marx explains how someone can take a pet anywhere because most people don't understand the difference between an "emotional support animal," which is a pet, and a bona-fide service animal, which is a highly-trained professional with a distinct skill set.
Are young people captivated by the sport of golf? Author Matt Powell says no, exploring the reasons for their lack of interest.
Most people want the secret to making a ton of money. Instead, argues freelance writer Molly Triffin, avoid the mistakes that keep that fortune out of reach.
Psychologist Sherrie Bourg Carter offers ideas for gaining energy and lowering stress.
This article suggests that focused, expressive writing can lead to greater insight and personal satisfaction, which means that everyone with a journal will one day see the light of their own lives.