Your essays suck — an explicit guide to essay writing

Listen, I’m sure that you are a decent human being, that your parents and friends love you, and that you are blessed with many talents. But, I’m also pretty sure that your essays suck. That’s because essay writing requires dedicated work and practice. Unless you are a seasoned pro who regularly flexed their writing muscles by writing on various topics in various styles, your writing is probably not as good as it could be. I’m not an expert by a far stretch, but I can distil a few recommendations from my experience of grading essays and my reading of the literature…