posted by marissa on .
Ok..so i have to write an essay over heros..i have the intro but i cant seem to start the first paragraph. HELP PLZ! THANKS
First of all, do you have an outline or plan for the main ideas of your paper. The intro is probably one of the last things you should write, except for the one sentence in there that states your overall, main idea - your thesis statement. So ... here's what to do:
Look over that "intro" you have written and isolate the ONE sentence that clearly states your main idea. (If there isn't ONE sentence in there that does that, then write one.) That is the thesis statement and should include both factual information as well as your position (or stance or opinion) about your topic. Here's an excellent website that will help you write good thesis statements:
Once you have your thesis statement pretty much solidified, then you should make a plan -- perhaps a list! -- of the supporting ideas you will include that will prove your thesis statement true. Your plan should also have these supporting ideas in a logical order, so that you end with your strongest proof or point.
Then write the rough draft, concentrating only on those supporting ideas -- each idea becoming one or more paragraphs. After you have finished the rough draft of the body of your paper, re-read it and revise it so that it makes good sense and is in strong logical order.
Finally, once you have the body of your paper almost finalized, write the introduction, then the conclusion. After all, how can you introduce a topic that you haven't written about yet? What if, in the process of writing your paper, you change your position or a main fact in your assertion? So don't bother with the intro first -- it should be written almost last (even though it'll be read first)!
Here are some websites that can help you further with the organization and writing of essays and/or research papers:
This is a great site if you want other people's assignments on your topic (you can request assignments and get responses within hours).