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How to Write Micro Essays


As you would expect from the name, a micro essay is simply an essay that fits onto one sheet of paper, typically single spaced. When writing a micro essay, you must still have an introduction, an organized explanation and analysis of ideas and a conclusion, just as you would with a regular essay. However, because of the limit on your word count, you must focus on getting your point across in as concise a manner as possible.

Write an outline for your micro essay. Include a thesis statement for the introduction, three to five short statements of the main points or arguments you want to make on the topic for the body and a restatement of the thesis for your conclusion.

Write the introduction for your essay, which may only be your thesis statement. If room permits, you may also include a quote or supporting sentence in the introduction.

Write the body of your micro essay. Begin with your first main point or argument, then provide one supporting reference or statistic. Continue through each of your points or arguments. If room permits, you can return and add a few more facts or thoughts on one or more of your points.

Write the conclusion, which is a complete sentence that restates your thesis.

Revise your essay as necessary, checking for proper grammar, spelling and punctuation. Read your essay out loud to check for clarity and flow. Omit any extraneous words that do nothing to help support your topic.

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Kara Page has been a freelance writer and editor since 2007. She maintains several blogs on travel, music, food and more. She is also a contributing writer for Suite101 and has articles published on eHow and Answerbag. Page holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of North Texas.

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