I've been searching the forum for advice on the relevant research essay but haven't found answers to my particular questions. How technical was your essay? I don't want to waste space explaining certain things about my research if I don't have to. Did any of you write it as something akin to an extended abstract? Was your essay very dry - ie. no anecdotes or other personal tidbits? I want to get started in the next couple of weeks since it's going to take me FOREVER to edit this beast down to an easily understandable 10,000 characters (not to mention write those other two essays I'm currently ignoring).