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Friday, November 4, 2016 Writing an Excellent Ending

Out of every step to writing an essay, the conclusion paragraph is the most difficult concept to do well. The mistake many writers make is to stop after repeating their thesis idea and summarizing the points of everything they already said. While this should be part of every conclusion, the best conclusions will do more.

The step that is most often missing is to write a transition sentence for the reader to leave the paper comfortably. I typically use one of two methods to do this. I’ll call these (1) waxing poetic and (2) giving a challenge.

Waxing Poetic

The point here is to make a final profound statement about your topic. The end of an essay reviewing a local coffee shop might sound like this:

  • “Cool Beans is more than an excellent cup of java; it is the home coffee lovers look for.”

Research writing also lends itself to poetic style endings:

  • “Napoleon Bonaparte’s time ruling France is remembered with awe, and it was his example that produced modern dictators.”

Waxing poetic is a useful option for purely informative writing.

Giving a Challenge

This involves saying something to motivate your reader to action after they put down your paper. Here’s a different end for the coffee shop paper:

  • “The next time you have a laptop project, make Cool Beans your office!”

Challenges can also be less direct by not calling out the reader specifically. This will sound a little more like giving a lesson:

  • “Whether nature or nurture has a stronger effect in child development, parents should own their role in their kids’ lives.

Though challenge endings work excellently with informative essays, they are often a better choice than poetic endings for persuasive papers.

Implementing these two methods into your writing will help tie off all your papers with a bow.

(Did you catch me waxing poetic there? How about I challenge you instead?)

Finishing well is too easy to skip, so try including one of these methods in your next paper!

Cory Coogan is an interdisciplinary studies major with an emphasis on linguistics and Biblical languages. He works as a writing coach at Liberty's Undergraduate Writing Center. 

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