At the heart of everything we have said about essay writing is the idea of thinking, organising and writing in three steps. An effective essay can — we would go so far as to say should — fall into three fairly distinct stages, in which you introduce the issue, pursue it and then, in the last third of the essay, take the matter a stage further. It is an equally good idea to aim for three steps in each paragraph of the essay. Later on in this section, we will discuss how this approach can be applied in the central paragraphs of an essay and in the conclusion, but what we want to focus on here is the opening paragraph of an essay.
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