SUBMIT AN ESSAY!
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We understand the delicate nature of our topics of discussion. Therefore, we completely sympathize with any author's choice to submit a piece anonymously. We do so especially because we want to encourage all members of this community to share their experiences, so that we may all learn and grow as a result. If submitting anonymously is what it takes, then we accept and encourage it!
- Make one argument thoroughly, point by point; the more detail the better. If you try to do too much, you can wind up with an essay that, in striving to say everything, ends up saying nothing.
- You don’t have to rely on just the written word. Maybe your point is expressed best in a chart, graphic, an annotated illustration, or a series of photographs.
- Anticipate the counter-argument and refute it. Your piece should be informed and backed by facts - not just emotion and opinion. You should be able to support any point you make (stay away from blanket statements and generalizations).
- Own your expertise. Know what you are an expert in and why - but don’t limit yourself. Consider the metaphors that your experience and knowledge suggest.
- Respect your reader. Never underestimate your reader’s intelligence or overestimate his level of information. Recognize that an average reader is not an expert on your topic, and the onus is on you to capture her attention - and make the argument compel.
- After finishing your essay, the reader should be able to say “this author wishes he/she knew _______.” If they can’t complete that sentence by the end of your essay, then you have more editing to do. Your theme should be “What I Wish I Knew.” Your topic is your choice.
- Avoid cliches, technical jargon, and acronyms. Use active words, and be light with adjectives and adverbs. Grab the reader’s attention in the first line.
- Read your piece out loud: check for clarity, coherence, voice, tone, and simplicity.
- Ask yourself "is this an original opinion?" Make sure that you aren't adding to an already clamorous echo-chamber of opinions and experiences.