5. What’s My Point?

Every essay must have a point. To illustrate this example, take any essay you want and remove the introduction. Writers illustrate their points in the introduction. Now you just have a jumble of random information.

Whenever you confront an assignment, ask yourself “Who cares?” or “Why are you telling me this?”

This is the keystone to your work. Build everything around the point. If you’re trying to prove Stalin signed the 1939 Nazi-Soviet Pact out of paranoia, make it clear this is what you’re trying to do. Highlight how it’s a long-debated issue.

Use this rule when picking your topic and point of view. It must have some controversy or debate surrounding it. Unless you’re constructing an informative essay, it’s meaningless to talk about something everyone already agrees on.