Characteristics Of A Good Paragraph

Not all the paragraphs are the same.  Some are good, others border on clutter.    How do you make your paragraphs fall on the side of the former and avoid the traps of the latter?

  1. Your paragraphs should be unified.  That means all of your sentences  are geared towards pushing a central idea.  Which idea?  Now’s a good time to look at what you actually wrote on the topic sentence.
  2. Your paragraphs should be clearly linked to the main thesis.  If a paragraph has nothing to do with the main thesis, it shouldn’t even appear on your paper.  Make sure the relationship isn’t lost on the reader.
  3. Your paragraphs should be coherent.  Each sentence on the paragraph should lead right into the next, demonstrating a logical organization that sufficiently develops the idea.
  4. Your paragraphs should be well-developed.  That means your ideas are sufficiently rounded out and adequately discussed, ably aided by supporting evidence and illustrations that clarify the main points for the reader.
  5. Your paragraphs should be correct.  By correct, we mean it demonstrates adherence to the proper rules of grammar and sentence structures (if you need help, check out a writing improvement software).   Readers should be able to read it, after all, without risk of misunderstanding.