• choose a topic that is personally significant and will encourage readers to think or wonder.
• craft an introduction that will create interest about a topic.
• include a controlling thesis in the introduction.
• connect the ideas, events, or issues with beliefs or convictions.
• organize the essay to maintain a balance between the issue or ideas (topic) and beliefs and reflections.
• write from a personal point of view. The essay becomes a form of self-study.
• choose a tone that is candid and sincere.
• searches for a meaning applicable to the human condition.
• write a retrospective with some distance between the writer and the subject being written about.
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