I would be willing to bet that essay writing is not among high school seniors' favorite pastimes. That becomes quite clear this time of year when their thoughts turn toward the Common Application, which requires a major written statement. That's not to mention all the writing that many schools require in their annoying supplements. So, what's a frustrated senior to do?
My answer: Plan your writing and then write according to your plan. "That's great, Dave, but how the heck do you do that?"