This is a guide to writing about art, not to writing itself. It is no substitute for a book like The Elements of Style, the classic but still inspiring text by William Strunk, Jr. and E.B. White. 4 Nonetheless, I would like to begin with a few fundamental principles. Paragraphs should be the basic organizing unit of any essay. Each one should.
A short guide to essay planning and structure 5 You could use a diagram like this to help you order your ideas. Write each of your main points into a section of the structure. Introduction Introductory paragraph Second introductory paragraph if necessary Body of essay 1st main point 2nd main point 3rd main point 4th main point 5th main point.