Successful Paragraph Writing For Dummies

Successful Paragraph Writing For Dummies

A paragraph can make or break your writing. This is a key tool that can be used in different circumstances from a simple email to a five page report. If done correctly, this skill can elevate material from basic to the next level; otherwise it makes your work messy and not precise. Whether you are a student or an employed professional, these tips can help you.

The first step is to brainstorm what your topic of the paragraph will be. This is your key focus and must be kept at all times. The topic can be the first area writers tend to make mistakes in their writing. You can easily start with a paragraph’s one main focus and after 5 to 7 sentences you have multiple topics. This needed to be avoided.  Once you have your one set topic you can begin your paragraph.

The first sentence of your paragraph is the introduction. This is a simple sentence telling the reader exactly what you will be talking about and what your topic is. Some say it’s best to write your introduction after you write the body to make your introduction more specific. This is decided by personal writing styles, vise versa some may find writing their introduction first helps form the body. Both are excellent strategies and are encouraged to be experimented with. After a specific introduction sentence, comes the body.

The body is the main filling of your paragraph. This is where your support and evidence goes. This will consist of 3-5 sentences. The best way to write this is during the brainstorming portion to create a mini outline. This will help organize your support in a logical way. As a reminder, a great writer will keep their support focused on the main topic and nothing else. A professional paragraph consists of no fluff or filler words, only straight to the point facts. Without a great body, there is no paragraph. This is the section most of the time should be spent on writing and editing.

The conclusion sums up everything in the introduction and body in the last 1-2 sentences and closes your topic. For example, a conclusion to this post would be “In conclusion, there are many styles of writing a paragraph but a solid topic, introduction, body, and conclusion will help improve your writing skills.” That sums up my main points and the key things I would like my reader to take away from this material. The conclusion is the last thing your audience reads and should be memorable, and restates your topic given in your introduction.

Helpful hint: The last paragraph on conclusions is a good basic example of paragraph formation and contents. This outline will show you how.

Topic: Conclusions of a paragraph

Introduction: I will be talking about conclusions and what they do

Body: I will give you an example of a good conclusion and why it works. I will give details on why conclusions are important and how they are your closing statement.

Conclusion: I will refer back to my introduction on how conclusion should be the last sentence and sum up my paragraph.

Follow along to this site that offers a bad and good example for further reference. Keep in mind there is no perfect paragraph and every medium calls for a slightly different paragraph style and structure.

Brittany Dickinson is a junior at the University of South Florida. After earning a degree in public health, she plans to continue her education to South University to become a physicians assistant. 

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