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An essay is a short literary composition on a single subject usually presenting the personal view of the author Writing a paper is not the easiest thing in the world especially if the writer is not interested in the topic they are writing about In my opinion writing can be used as a tool entertainment or to inform a person on a certain topic The last paper I wrote was to inform people on the life of Pablo Picasso Throughout this essay I will discuss the experience of writing in terms of Richard Mariuss points about the writing process as well as the overall quality of my last paper in terms of Mariuss eleven qualities I will start with Mariuss eleven qualities of a good essay Richard Marius discusses what he believes are eleven qualities of a good essay in his book A Writers Companion He believes that most essays are short enough to be read at one sitting a good essay gets to the point quickly good essays have good titles and a good essay stays with its subject He also thinks a good essay rests on solid evidence a good essay considers any evidence that may seem to contradict the writers major argument a good essay is written with an audience in mind and a good makes internal connections and transitions Finally Marius feels that a good essay does not drift without clear purpose form item to item a good essay is mechanically and grammatically correct and looks neat on the page and a good essay concludes swiftly and gracefully and mirrors the beginning My last paper had only a few of these qualities My last paper written about Pablo Picasso was not a very high quality paper It was my last paper as a senior in high school in the final semester I had already been accepted to college and senioritis had kicked in pretty good I threw my eight page paper
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