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Building Blocks…

Posted on: October 4, 2008

“Being able to write effectively consists of the writer to make his reader come and stand in his footsteps, and be able to see the problem from the perspective the writer is looking at” (By Tanuj)


Why else is it Important to write well?


  • Form of communication between two or more people.
  • Unclear writing may lead to misunderstanding by the reader, whilst trying to convey a message.
  • Unclear writing reflects negatively on the writer and sometimes reflects foggy thinking.
  • Being able to write clearly strengthens the writer’s self-esteem.

As writing high-quality paragraphs leads to effective writing, so here is my opinion on….


What is a paragraph?


A paragraph is a collection and collaboration a of related sentences put together, which then go on to look at the bigger picture. A paragraph usually contains a general idea in one sentence, and 4 – 5 supporting sentences, which expand this idea by giving explanation, details and/or examples to support the main idea.



What does a paragraph consist of?


1. Topic Sentence– This is the first sentence in the paragraph, and it expresses the main idea (gets straight to the point).


2. Supporting Sentences– Details that expands and helps in conveying the main idea.


3. Concluding Sentence – Rounding off, this is where the main idea gets referred back and you express your opinion the idea.

When writing here are couple of things that I find helpful –


  • Unity– Making sure that the entire paragraph only focuses at a single topic, and that I’ am NOT drifting of in other directions – as that would totally confuse the reader.
  • Coherence– Writing a paragraph that is easily comprehensible to a reader. Using language/ words that are easy to understand.
  • Adequate Development– The topic (which is introduced by the topic sentence) should be discussed fully and adequately, in order to get the in-depth meaning and understanding.
  • Use examples and illustrations
  • Using other information, such as – facts, statistics, evidence, details, and others.
  • Examine testimony – what other people say such as quotes and paraphrases.
  • Define terms in the paragraph
  • Compare and contrast with other information that is out there!
  • Evaluate causes and reasons
  • Examine effects and consequences thpse related to the topic

Cross-checking your paragraphs


Proofreading your paragraphs is one of the most important things you must do in order to create high-quality reading experience. Since mostly people do most of their writing on a computer, they have access to automated spelling and grammar checkers. Beware though — some words, used in the wrong context may be missed by computerized by the spell checkers.


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