I'm taking the lazy way out today (I've got sooooo many freshman essays to grade this week, egads!) and am passing along this link to some great advice. It's a column called "7 Things I've Learned So Far," and has a variety of contributers.
The "7 things" offered by Ms. Geary in that link are both straight-forward and spot-on. And, they each contain good bits of common sense which I think any writer should know.
*rolls up sleeves and dives in to essay stack with poised red pen*
Until next time...