Tip #11: Real Writers Don’t Worry About Topic Sentences
1. Real writers don’t worry about topic sentences. That’s not to say there’s anything wrong with teaching budding writers formal paragraph structure, including the topic sentence. Just be aware that mature writers rarely think in terms of topic sentence-body-concluding sentence when they compose paragraphs. Writing tends to be more organic and intuitive and less formally organized. Any given paragraph may or may not have a perceptible topic sentence, but don’t let that concern you. The topic sentence is a contrivance to help novice writers develop a feel for form. Like training wheels on a bike that are eventually shed, there will come a time when writing teachers should stop insisting that every paragraph contain a topic sentences.
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