Introduction

  1. The first sentence should be short.
  2. Start with something unusual, fascinating, surprising,…
  3. Do not under any circumstances repeat the title!
  4. Keep it short – do not give too many details. But start broad and end narrow!
  5. Speak to the reader: Use “you” at least once.
  6. Write 1-2 sentences to articulating what the article covers / what the topic is about.
  7. Write 1-2 sentences to explaining why the article / the topic is important.
  8. Refer to a concern or problem your readers might have.
  9. Be careful: Do not tell stories!
  10. Convince the reader that your essay is worth reading.

Examples – Don’t do that!!

“With this essay I’ll try to bring some clarity to you about that topic.”

  • Do not tell me what you are going to do!

“This specific conflict called The Troubles is the thing this essay is about.”

  • Refer to a concern or problem your readers might have – even better: Ask a question!

“Have you ever wondered what “The Troubles” was?”

  • Er, no. Do not start like that. Do not blurt it straight out like that.

“I will give you a short summary about what happened…”

  • Thanks, but… no. Refer to a concern or problem your readers might have – even better: Ask a question!

Do you know the violent thirty-year conflict in Northern Ireland? […] Each country has its own history, they learned from their mistakes, for example like the past in Germany, when the Berlin Wall was.”

  • Tip 4!


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Essay Writing Part II