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Ellen’s Eight Essential Elements of Essay

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Discover the Components of a Successful Essay

Eight is at the heart of a number of things.

Eight is:

  • the arm count for an octopus
  • the levels of consciousness identified by Timothy Leary
  • the number of essential elements to be considered after completing an essay


An essay can speak to its writer through eight essential elements which, used as a checklist, provides insights about the parts of the piece that need more work. Or not. 

For the big picture, there’s storyline, structure, voice and theme.

On the sentence level, there’s detail, scene, language and pacing

If you want to learn more about how these elements work, download “Ellen’s Eight Essential Elements of Essay” — a free, five-page guideline, best used at the end of your first draft.

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