"Most of what a person writes," says Gerry Christmas, "is the explanation of an idea. One has an idea and that idea has to be transformed into words, sentences, and paragraphs so another person can understand it. We have a name for this transformation, this process. It's called an essay. My book breaks down the essay into six parts or what I call 'six easy steps.' Most people can learn these steps and learn them well because the human race has been using them for thousands of years, way back to the Sumerians, the Babylonians, and the early Chinese. Sure, these steps are a bag of tricks but they are a benign bag of tricks. They not only make it possible for a person to understand the inner workings of the mind but also to have others share in that understanding, to know those inner workings. That is a beautiful thing, something that should be embraced, not shunned."