Recounting your own thought path

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Do not simply describe your own thought path for the reader.

When you write, you should think first, and write later. While you think about the topic, you will craft your essay into an appropriate form. It is almost always wrong to simply narrate your thinking about a topic from beginning to end, since it will not be structured the way an essay should be structured.

No: The first thing that comes to mind when I think about poverty is taxes.

Yes: There are three issues that are inextricably linked to poverty: work, lifestyle, and taxes.

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