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Don't lie to yourself or your reader
Only write about subjects you know and have a way of expressing them clearly. Be sincere. Don't base your essay on what you think people would want to read, it will only narrow your ideas and imagination. Also stop writing once you're satisfied with your work and try not to look through someone else's work once you're done writing. If you read another person's essay and see a point that he or she has made and you haven't, you might want to go back to your essay and add that idea. Don't do that, because it would only ruin your work.
Be happy with what you've written
It is very important you are happy with every word you've put down. While writing, you have to be confident. Don't keep wondering if your reader will like your work or not. How can you expect others to enjoy your work if you suffer while writing it?
Don't expect to gain anything
If you love yourself, you are a reader; if you love others, you are a writer - this is my philosophy about writing. If you feel you're writing to win an award, then you've already failed. Writers have to bear in mind that their job is to create work that can be read and enjoyed by as many people as possible. Only those who love others could produce work that is good. If you keep worrying about winning, you can only be a reader, not a writer.
Grammar is not everything
Correct grammar is important, but it's not everything when you're writing. Delivering your idea is even more important.
We all have ideas, but presenting them are a big problem. So, you have to find the best way to express them. Some people might be good at telling stories, while others may be good at using metaphors. It would help if you discovered your distinct style and decided to stick with it.