Lesha Myers, author of “The Elegant Essay,” suggests three basic steps when inspiration for creativity is lacking: Remind the reader of the basic idea or thesis of the essay without restating it.
Highlight the position or lesson the essay promotes. Allow the angle to dictate opening and closing remarks, use them both together.
Sometimes you will find that the process of writing has changed what you have argued and so it will be necessary to go back and reword the introduction.
Finally, the conclusion is not the place in your essay to introduce new information or new ideas: these should be in the body of your essay.
The conclusion should answer the Introduction and offer convincing compelling arguments, based on the facts within the body of the essay. In truth, for the author who has researched and considered the issue, it is the climax and resolution of the struggle to present the issue within the writer’s chosen context.
Rather than summarizing the facts in a final paragraph, a conclusion should tie all the previously presented ideas together, braiding them into an argument that demands the attention of the reader.
However, it is the conclusion that wraps everything together and prompts the reader to take action or ponder further. Just as the introduction was the opening argument, the conclusion is the closing argument.
This is the last chance a writer has to address the reader and influence their way of thinking.
Open with a question, finish up the conclusion with an answer that punctuates the main idea. Conclude with a shocking, surprising or humorous statement.
Use a quote that emphasizes or illustrates the thesis.