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The 7 Laws

Hansen’s Immutable Laws
on the Essay

Law Number 1

Text, Text, Text

Always support your points with relevant text.

Law Number 2

Avoid Plot Summary

Just give enough to set the scene.

Law Number 3

Be Specific.

Beware excessive or confusing pronoun usage.

Avoid modifiers that don’t mean anything  ex: very, mostly


Law Number 4

Vary quotation leads

Master the direct, blended, block and  colon leads.

Law Number 5

State your opinion as fact.

Never use “I think, I feel ,in my opinion, one way of looking at it ect….”

Law Number 6

Write to your audience.

Avoid conversational tone.

Law Number 7

Avoid Excess Verbiage

Always use an economy of


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