Relished by some and dreaded by others, essay writing is a ubiquitous assessment method that has ceded ground to other forms of assessment in the digital age, but that remains a foundational pillar of academia. The underlying reasons for variability in student essay writing ability are debatable, as are potential solutions. David Appleby has one such solution that he believes can help students from his native History department, and potentially further afield. His guide for essay writing is a simple page detailing a process that has worked for him (and countless students). Such a simple thing, yet it has helped so many.