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Composing A Brilliant Five-Paragraph Essay: 8 Great Suggestions

Writing an essay with only five paragraphs to convey everything you want to say is a really hard thing to do. The restriction alone is something so shackling and, quite redundantly, restrictive that it can make the best and most experienced of writers feel stumped and develop a serious case of writer’s block on the spot. I mean, we can’t all be Ernest Hemingway and write stories in three phrases.

You can, however, accomplish this feat. Furthermore, it will get easier every time you do it as it will become a process you are familiar with. Here are eight suggestions on how to get through the assignment and not pull your hair out.

  1. Define your main idea.
  2. This main idea is your topic. You are going to define your topic and write it in the center of a piece of paper.

  3. Build a mind map around your main idea.
  4. Around the topic you wrote on your piece of paper, you will write three more specific ideas. Three subtopics that will help you write three out of your five paragraphs.

  5. Write the paragraph for each supporting idea.
  6. You will now proceed to write about the specifics and how hey relate to the main topic. As simple as that, you already have three paragraphs. It’s almost like magic, I know.

  7. Write the introduction.
  8. This part will take up one paragraph. You will introduce the general idea and begin to give the reader a taste of the specifics that you will explore further later on.

  9. Write the conclusion.
  10. In the conclusion, you will include your thoughts and ideas. Opinions go here too. Whether it’s a narrative, academic or any type of essay, you will always close the whole thing with your thoughts on everything you wrote about.

  11. As separate pieces, reread everything you wrote.
  12. Now that you have your five paragraphs, you can read the whole thing, but treating it as individual fragments. This is going to help you with step seven.

  13. After reading them, put the ideas in order.
  14. You already know that the introduction goes at the very beginning, and the conclusion belongs at the end. But what about your other three fragments? You can’t just place them haphazardly and hope for the best. Put them into what feels like the most natural order.

  15. Proofread and deliver.
  16. You have all your ideas organized; the paragraphs are in place. Now, you have to make sure that you didn't make any mistakes. So run the whole thing through a spell check and a grammar check, read it yourself, or have someone else help you, whatever you prefer. Once you are happy with the final result, turn in your work.

That is how you write and convey what you need to in 5 paragraphs. For future reference, do the same. It will come to a point where you won't need to check yourself. Good luck and happy writing.


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