It might seem to write an essay that flows, and avoids needless contradiction; however, as any student through the first term of freshman composition can attest, it is much more difficult than it first appears.
To help accelerate the process of learning how to write flawless essays, avoiding the painful and often drawn-out suffering that comes from ‘learning from your mistakes,’ we at Unemployed Professors have put together five tips for seamless flow:
- Create a Well-Ordered Outline with Logical Progression
As you collect your main points for substantiating your thesis, organize them in a logical fashion. If they do not follow a natural argumentative order, then organize them from least compelling to most. Always finish with your most convincing point. These points will the topics of your paragraphs.
- Write Your Topic Sentences
First, write your topic sentences for each paragraph. Then, write the concluding sentence. The conclusion should serve as a brief summary. Then stitch in the supporting sentences so there is logical consistency to sentence flow, and so that there is no contradiction of ideas.
- Insert Appropriate Transitional Terms
This is perhaps one of the most important facets of essay writing, and the one which truly distinguishes it from other types of writing. Since academic writing is generally so dependent on an argumentative style, and features long and complex arguments, it is necessary to ‘flag’ the reader with transitional words that signal your intention. For example, you should use ‘for example’ or ‘for instance’ to indicate you are transitioning from a claim to evidence. ‘Indeed’ is another good word to use when introducing evidence or elaborating on an already-made point. Other transitional terms you should become comfortable in employing include: furthermore, moreover, by contrast, consequently, while, despite, et cetera. Place these both at the beginning of paragraphs, and sentences, when necessary.
- Repeat Critical Phrases and Words
Repetition of key terminology and catch-phrases helps to create continuity and helps the reader grasp the argument and its key ideas. If you are reading a complicated and extended argument for the first time, it helps to have repetition.
- Wait, and Re-Read with a Refreshed Perspective
While becoming expert in your topic is essential to writing a top-notch essay, it can also be a hindrance. Indeed, the more you know about your topic, there is a tendency to assume that your audience shares the same expertise. You may then omit important points which connect sentences and ideas. Your reader, unable to infer the missing piece due to gaps in knowledge, will become confused and the entire exercise will have been in vain. It is therefore important to take some time to perform an ‘info-dump,’ and then return to the paper and read it as if you were its intended audience. The amount of time away from the essay will vary for each writer, but should include some social time outside the home, which will accelerate the process.
With that in mind, feel free to ask the team of academic writers at UnemployedProfessors.com any questions you may have regarding their college writing services and they will be more than happy to guide you along the arduous path!