Breaking Writer’s Block

So it’s not going to be a long post this week. I’ve got some kind of killer cold (possibly bronchitis). And the brain is a bit fuzzy. I was going to write a review of This Side of Salvation but I just can’t pull my thoughts together enough to write something justified for it. Hopefully for next week.

Meanwhile, I’ve got this funny and amusing article that fellow writer, Dee Willis, linked me to about how to get back on track when you stumble with your writing. Follow the links in the article because those are almost as great as the article itself.

The article by Amanda Patterson talks about what to do when you’re stuck with your writing and how to get out of the rut. They’re simple, easy to do ideas that will help a struggling writer or even someone who just wants to try something new.

Hope it helps!


Five Paragraph Essay


I got an assignment at work the other week to write up what is needed in a Five Paragraph Essay. I thought I’d share what I wrote up with all of you just in case it was helpful.


A Five Paragraph Essay—Simply


Simply put, a five paragraph essay has five paragraphs:

–an introduction

–3 body paragraphs

–a conclusion


The Introduction:

Introduce your topic, state your main points, make sure your thesis is argumentative and controlling. (See handout on Tips on Writing a Thesis Statement.) This is your outline of your paper; it guides your reader on where you want to go.


Body One:

This should be your strongest point. Remember to start with a topic sentence. Have supporting details, use transitional words, and keep to the topic of both your essay and the paragraph. The topic should relate to the thesis statement.


Body Two:

This paragraph should be your second strongest point or an obvious follow up to the previous paragraph. Make sure you use a transitional sentence or topic sentence from the previous paragraph. Stay on topic and keep to the format. The topic should relate to the thesis statement.


Body Three:

This should be the weakest argument or relate back to the proceeding paragraphs. It should have a topic or transitional statement back to the paragraph prior to it. The topic should relate to the thesis statement.



Concluding Paragraph:

This paragraph should have the following items:

  1. A summary of the important points in the essay
  2. A restatement of the thesis that does not copy the thesis exactly
  3. Make sure to cover the 3 important points that were covered in the essay (briefly)
  4. A final statement so the reader knows the essay is finished.


Also remember:

Thesis statements should be argumentative, controlling, and specific.

Body paragraphs should only contain information relating to the topic.

Paragraphs should be a minimum of 5-7 sentences.

Writing should be clear and concise.

Sentences should be varied in length.



Five paragraph essay information from:

New Flash Friday Post

March 9, 2014

Her Only Children

Her own childhood seemed so far away on nights like these, when she comforted the little master. Soon he would leave the nursery and she would be sent back to the kitchen or be forced to find another position. She couldn’t find it on her to regret the choices she had made.

She’d never thought when she was a child that this would be her lot in life; to raise the children of others. She had accepted it though and no longer yearned for her own babes. The children that she guided to adulthood were hers, even if they were not fruit of her body.

She’d watched them, raised them, loved them. It mattered not who they belonged to in name, in all ways that counted, she was the one who watched them come of age. They were hers, for better or worse.

Word count: 143