There are different types of essay writing including descriptive, illustrative, compare and contrast, persuasive and cause an effect. The main idea of the essay, or the thesis, is presented in the first paragraph. The thesis of this essay is how to use the writing process to effectively apply composition techniques including wriing the thesis statement, using topic sentences, transitiions, details, and proper conventions to elaborate your ideas using voice, word choice, sentence fluency and organization to bring your essay to a logical and meaningful conclusion.
Although there should be at least five paragraphs in each essay, there could be more depending on the subject matter and the purpose of the essay. Generally, the first paragraph is an introduction describing what you will be writing about. The next paragraphs expand your main idea with vivid details and examples. Finally, the composition ends with a summary paragraph where you review what has been said and provide emphasis and a conclusion.
To begin with, the best way to start a new paragraph is to use what is called a transition, a word or phrase that eases the reader into the main idea, or topic sentence, of your new paragraph. A transition improves the connection between ideas and allows thoughts to flow more smoothly. "To begin with," is the transitional phrase used to start this paragraph and demonstrates how it helps the reader move easily from one idea to another. For example (another transition), a transitional phrase eases the reader into the topic of this paragraph, which is how to effectively use transitional words and phrases to make writing flow. Transitions can be used both at the beginning of and within paragraphs as just shown.
Furthermore, it is critical that each one of your paragraphs has a main idea, or topic sentence, that tells the reader what the paragraph will be about. Each paragraph centers around this topic sentence, which is further enhanced with details and specific examples that help the reader clearly understand what you are saying. In this example, the topic sentence is the main idea of this paragraph, and the paragraph is organized around the topic sentence. This allows you to provide the reader with structure and indicate that you are starting a new idea when you begin your next paragraph. As you can see, paragraphs are always indented,...