Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Tips for Writing Essays

Dinty W. Moore in "Crafting the Personal Essay", gives quick tips for writing essays.

One is "to explore those areas that you truly don't understand. If you already firmly believe that something is wrong, then you will discover very little putting your convictions into an essay. (Write a letter to the editor instead.) If you know that you are entirely in favor of something, then why put forth the effort to dissect and explore?"

Later he gives a second tip. "Before writing, make a list of all of the common points-the cliches and usual turns of discussion--around the topic you are exploring. Then write an essay using none of those common points."

His third tip is "Tackle something so vexing that in the end you wind up surprising yourself."

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