When I was in middle school, every essay we wrote needed to be a “5 Paragraph Essay”. That’s the foundation of every article I write, now, regardless of how many paragraphs are actually in there.

It contains 3 essential elements.

1. Introduction

2. Support*

3. Conclusion

*Support is then divided into 3 parts.

Support idea #1

Support idea #2

Support idea #3

Those are our 5 basic paragraphs. Lucky for us, 400 words is the minimum recommendation for any blog post on your website. We will bump it up to 500 words and put in some extra effort :)

That means you need just 100 words per paragraph. Starting to sound easier? 100 words is barely anything at all. In fact, this page you are reading right now is already 130 words long.

Can you express a simple idea is 100 words? Absolutely.

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herinnelson Premium
All your links that I've clicked and read to get to this one are outstanding! You have an incredible way of explaining directly and to the point with a great sense of understanding! Thank you for all your resources and opinions. They are a huge help to me! Great trainings! I'm a fan!
Zarina Premium
Awesome tutorial, Nathaniel!
I personally use a free-writing exercise: It's a great way to unleash one's creativity for sure. I always recommend it to people who have writer's block :)
gardenguy Premium
Thank you Nathaniell.......this was a really beneficial post. I've been having a terrible time crafting article ideas, into sensible and uncomplicated articles. This post is very good teaching for me and I have bookmarked it, as well as printed it out. My common sense viewpoint is if it works for you, it'll work for me.

Zeph23 Premium
Very interesting nathaniell.

It is simple, straight to the point and takes away the fear that comes with writing.

I can relate to this as a language teacher. Whenever I tell my students that we are writing a 500 word essay their first reaction is 'What on earth shall we do to have 500 words!"

But by the time I start breaking the process down, they realize it possible. Strange enough the end result is always amazing. That is holding them down to 500 words and not more. When they find the topic interesting, they always want go beyond that.
mrkmccllch Premium
Thx for that "Easy Way" to write a 500 word article, awesome actually. Reminds me of a strategy I once learned and had long forgotten... "Tell em what your going to tell em, tell em, tell em what you told em." There is definitely some comfort in a structured approach as a fall back or simply as a go-to.

Thx Again Nathaniell