Quick Tip: Focus Longer Posts Like a Five-Paragraph Essay
While blogs are great places to toss up quick thoughts, lots of bloggers also use their sites to showcase in-depth posts — take a look at the WPlongform topic in the Reader, and you’ll find everything from personal essays to meticulously researched academic papers. Longer-form pieces give you the opportunity to fully flesh out a thought, exploring all the nuances, but they can be challenging to write; often, the longer length seems like an opportunity to include every related idea, until you’re left with a precarious pile of content that doesn’t quite jive.
Okay, maybe that’s just me. But on the chance that it’s you, too — or if you’re new to longer-form writing and want a little guidance — one of my favorite ways to stay focused is that old elementary school standby, the five-paragraph essay. It’s not for every post, subject, or writer, but it can be a helpful tool for organizing your…
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