Writing paragraphs. Three useful tips

Posted on April 18th, 2019 by Rafael Repiso

Author Rafael Repiso – Translation: Erika-Lucia Gonzalez-Carrion

An academic text is the argumented exposition of data and ideas in a logical and orderly way, usually with an expository, persuasive and pedagogical intentionality. That is to say, it is the ideas that structure the text, and in turn are represented by the paragraphs that develop each concept through a set of sentences where it is explained, contextualized, in short, it goes deeper into each concept. A good text is characterized because it contains good ideas and data and also presents them properly. Therefore, everything we work on the compositional quality of our paragraphs will benefit the quality of the text. In this post three simple tips are given but with a big load of meaning to improve the quality of the paragraphs.

1. Underline in bold the substantial terms. Each paragraph represents a substantial idea in the context of the document. A trick to visualize these ideas is to underline in black the terms “with weight”. In such a way that we can appreciate in each paragraph the load of meaning that it contains. A paragraph with many underlined words would indicate a high density of important concepts, which may mean that that paragraph has two or more ideas, so it should be subdivided into two or more paragraphs. On the contrary, if after indicating the text in bold text we find paragraphs that do not have words highlighted, we are probably before a paragraph that hardly adds anything new to the document, so it should be eliminated. Logically, before making the work public, we must eliminate the words in bold.

2. Check the connection between the first paragraph and the previous one. The paragraphs represent ideas and these ideas must be related to each other in the natural development of reading the paragraph. That is why you have to check that there is a logical relationship for the reader between the successions of paragraphs. If it stills exists a relationship that is not completely obvious to the reader, a trick is to connect the last sentence of the paragraph with the following one or vice versa, make the first sentence of a paragraph connect to the previous paragraph. Typically, the development of ideas goes from the most general to the most specific.

3. Study the size of the paragraphs. We keep insisting that the ideas are represented in the paragraphs, a paragraph an idea. The size of the paragraphs is a true reflection of the depth with which ideas are developed in the text. Therefore, it is recommended that in order to have a balanced text all the ideas are developed with the same depth, therefore, having similar paragraphs in terms of size is a true reflection of a balanced text. On the other hand, when we find ourselves very bulky paragraphs, we may be finding two scenarios, the first one being the one in which we are developing an idea excessively and the other in a paragraph in which two or more different ideas are presented, so the text should be subdivided into two or more paragraphs.

 

About Erika-Lucia Gonzalez-Carrion

Erika Lucía González Carrión nació en Loja-Ecuador el 29 de marzo de 1994. Posee una licenciatura en Comunicación Social por la Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja (UTPL) y además una licenciatura en Ciencias de la Educación con mención en Idioma Inglés por la Universidad Nacional de Loja (UNL). En la actulidad cursa el Máster Internacional en Comunicación y Educación Audiovisual, promovido por la Universidad Internacional de Andalucía y la Universidad de Huelva. Además, cuenta con una certificación internacional de conocimiento del Idioma Inglés, dentro del Marco Común Europeo de las Lenguas. Dentro del ámbito de la Comunicación Social investiga el área radiofónica y realiza traducciones de artículos científicos. Erika Lucía González Carrión was born in Loja-Ecuador on March 29th, 1994. She got her bachelor’s degree in Social Communication at Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja (UTPL) and additionally she got a bachelor’s degree in Sciences of Education, English Language Specialization at Universidad Nacional de Loja (UNL). Nowadays she is studying the Master degree in Communication and Audiovisual Education, promoted by the Universidad Internacional de Andalucía and the Universidad de Huelva . Moreover, she has an international certification of knowledge in the English Language, within the Common European Framework of the Languages. In the Social Communication field she investigates the radio and makes translations of scientific articles.
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3 Responses to Writing paragraphs. Three useful tips

  1. Eva Ulehlova says:

    Very useful information provided, since it is essential to know how to write a paragraph properly. Also it is important to highlight, which key words are important, what makes paragraphs coherent and cohesive and what transitional words should be used in order to make the paragraph understandable.

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  2. Writing paragraphs is the first step that we as writers need to consider since they are the foundation or the starting point to write an article. Connection among paragraphs will make a soft transition of ideas, making them coherent. Furthermore, to be clear with the ideas to be included, we can use activities or an outline that serve to organize those ideas.

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  3. Lida Solano says:

    Very useful tips. I definitely agree that writing is an art that involves many things such as punctuation, coherence and cohesion, grammar use among others. For this reason, when working in any piece of writing it is indispensable to do it taking into account not only the writing itself but that the ideas may be clear for the reader.

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