How to Make an Essay Flow

Updated April 17, 2017

Step 1

Create an outline to help determine where key points, which are the topics of your paragraphs, should go. Organize key points in a logical fashion, so that each paragraph leads into the next in a way that makes sense, whether it's chronological order, order of importance or another approach.

Step 2

Write topic sentences and conclusions for each paragraph. Introduce the main point of each paragraph before you write supporting sentences. Conclude each paragraph with a brief summary of the ideas you’ve just addressed.

Step 3

Include transitional words and phrases to indicate the relationships between connected ideas. Place words and phrases such as “consequently” and “even though" at the beginning of paragraphs or sentences to guide the reader through your paper.

Step 4

Repeat important words and phrases throughout the essay. Repetition helps connect paragraphs.

Step 5

Read your paper, and rewrite it to tighten up the structure, word choice and transitions. Writing a second draft gives you a chance to perfect your work.

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  • When revising, read the essay out loud, listening for places where the writing seems awkward.

About the Author

Nadria Tucker holds a Master of Arts in creative writing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has contributed articles to "Birmingham Magazine" and "Lipstick Magazine" and her fiction has appeared in "THE2NDHAND," "New Southerner" and the fiction anthology "All Hands On: THE2NDHAND After 10."