Yo gnashgabs, guess what? Essays, despite their potential for complexity and depth, can actually be fairly simple in structure. All you need to to do is start with a hooky introduction to draw the reader in (may I suggest “Yo gnashgabs, guess what?”) and before you know it, you’re at your Well-Defined Thesis Statement; and those are a piece of cake!

A Well-Defined Thesis Statement is nothing more than an insightful and original declaration or hypothesis (because you’re a genius and a snowflake) bolstered by some supporting evidence, like Point 1, Point 2, and Point 3 #. If you’re feeling fancy, you can add a transition sentence to help keep the reader intrigued — a personal anecdote (“because when you’re a pansexual army brat like me…”) or a relatable analogy (“an analogy is a thought with another thought’s hat on”) has worked for me from time to time — but either way, it’s important to get to the meat of your piece quickly…

Because Point 1 is really, really important to bolstering the argument you presented in your Well-Defined Thesis Statement, and you need to get to explaining why that is with your pretty word-thoughts. Make sure to support Point 1 with a fact, quote, or something important looking though, because 64% of all writers forget to provide evidence. After that, it’s only a matter of writing a concluding sentence that summarizes Point 1 and clarifies, again #, why it helps support your Well-Defined Thesis Statement. 

Rewind, flip it, and reverse it, and do the same thing you did with Point 1 for Points 2 and 3.

Now you’re at the much-ballyhooed Conclusion, but the secret to these is simple: Take that Well-Defined Thesis Statement you already wrote and just reword it a bit, only sound 3x more confident than before (because you just proved your argument 3x over with your three very thorough, well-defended body paragraphs). Then, if you really want to tie a nice bow on top of everything, consider throwing in another sentence or two that gestures beyond the scope of the article to reveal the sheer magnitude of your brilliance.

It’s that kind of thinking that will really change the world.