1. Do not write, “This essay is about…” or “In this essay, I will discuss…” Just launch directly into the topic. 2. Do not write a brilliant introduction on the wrong topic. A bang-up introduction does no good if the essay is off-topic, so make sure you have a clear understanding of what you are supposed to be writing about before putting pen to paper. 3. Do not use the same opening strategy all the time. Beginning every essay with a quotation or definition gets old. Mix it up. 4. Do not get hung up on employing the introduction openers recommended here. They are meant to help, not hinder. Getting in a panic over trying to force one of these techniques may result in writer’s block. The best writing happens when the writer finds a personal connection with the topic and lets the words flow.
There are many ways to write an essay. However, the standard essay form follows the same basic patterns as discussed in this 'how to'. Most essays take a repetitive form sometimes known as the " hamburger essay ". What this means is that the introductory and concluding paragraphs are very similar, whereas the most important information is found in the body of the essay. Think of a hamburger: The buns cover the top and the bottom (the introduction and conclusion) and provide a nice covering for the most important part of the meal—the burger.