Top Ten Tips: Important Tools of Writing the Paragraph

In order to produce a well written essay, blog, story, article, or any form of traditional writing, paragraph structure is key. It is important to note the difference in types of paragraphs, specifically for academic writing styles. Most academic works can be divided into three types of paragraphs: introductory, body, and conclusion. Below I will highlight my personal favourite top ten tips for writing a paragraph.

  1. Plan out your paragraph: In order for a paragraph to be complete, planning is very important. I like to plan a paragraph similar to that of an essay and consider the paragraph a smaller version of one. A paragraph should therefore have:
    • a strong introductory sentence
    • strong body sentences supporting the introduction
    • a strong concluding sentence
  2. Brainstorm key points: After the planning process it is important to highlight the key points that the paragraph should include. These point form notes will help to form drafts or “working” sentences.
  3. Write a working strong introduction: A strong introduction sentence should capture the audience and highlight the main points of the following content.
  4. Write working strong body sentences: Sentences following the introduction should support the claims made in the introduction. These sentences should provide evidence and include citations to support the argument.
  5. Write a strong working concluding sentence: The concluding sentence in a paragraph should embody the main claims of the paragraph, summarizing and reiterating such claims.
  6. Re- read: Once the working paragraph has been developed it is important to re-read to check consistency and tone.
  7. Put emphasis on a fluent tone: It is important that a paragraph has a particular flow that will be carried out throughout the rest of the work. With working sentences there may be room to add filler sentences to make the paragraph flow more fluently.
  8. Edit: Like the entirety of a work, editing a paragraph can make or break the trust a reader has in the author. Ensuring spelling and grammatical errors are edited ensure that the reader will trust that the author knows what they are discussing and are therefore more likely to agree or see validity in their points.
  9. Write for yourself, but also your audience: With the reader in mind it is important that you adjust your style and tone for your audience. If you are writing for other academics in your field, you can write using eloquent language that is relevant to that field. However, if you are writing an article on literature for an audience that has more of a social science background, it is important that you pay attention to your word choices and ensure that certain terms that may be unfamiliar are explained. This is particularly important in Interdisciplinary studies.
  10. Have fun with your writing: Language has so much power and there are so many styles to explore. Some academic writing is fitting for a more poetic form, you can explore word play, use humour, and be excited about your topic. It is easy to get lost in the research, which can make academic writing very dull and disengage the audience. If you are having fun writing your paragraphs, so will your audience (in most cases).

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