When you are reading, notice how paragraphs are divided. If you learn what a paragraph is by experience, you can divide writing into appropriate parts by feel.
A paragraph is a group of sentences organized around a central topic. In fact, the cardinal rule of paragraph writing is to focus on one idea. A solidly written paragraph takes its readers on a clear path, without detours. Master the paragraph, and you’ll be on your way to writing “gold-star” compositions, essays, term papers, and stories.
When writing an essay, you have three main parts: an introduction, the body, and the conclusion. The introduction gives a general idea of what you are going to discuss. The body tells the reader what is going on in more detail, developing the main ideas paragraph by paragraph. The conclusion gives another general summary, as well as wrapping up any arguments you made in the paper.
Try to captivate your audience in your first paragraph, then slowly draw them in throughout your entire essay, until the last paragraph, where you let them go (a lot like fishing).
You don’t have to be a good writer to write well. Writing is a process. By learning to treat writing as a series of small steps instead of a big all-at-once magic trick, the practice of writing paragraphs is essential to good writing. Every paragraph needs a main idea with details that go along.
One of the most effective ways to improve our own writing is to spend time reading the best writing of others.