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How to Write Conclusions That Don’t Suck - Help Scout
Conclusions are tricky, and there’s a lot of conflicting advice about how to write them. Here’s how to write a powerful conclusion that resonates with the reader.

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The Problem Of Writing A Conclusion

The Problem Of Writing A Conclusion

Many authors, article writers and content writers draft samples without a proper conclusion or a wrap-up.

Beginner writers can try to follow the advice on structuring an essay or thesis statement, given by English teachers: “Tell ’em what you’re gonna tell ’em, tell ’em, and then tell ’em what you told ’em.”

Other than that, complex ideas are sometimes difficult to summarize, and there is conflicting advice available, which can be confusing.

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Writing Conclusions: Answering The Crucial Questions

Once an author has stated the idea and offered evidence and anecdotes to support it, the concluding part has to answer the ‘so what?’ question that can crop in the reader’s mind, usually when the end of the article/paper is near.

The reader is satisfied once the main take away is clear, and the questions “Why is this important?” Or “Why should anyone care?” are adequately answered.

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Writing Conclusion Better: Making It Human

A personal touch is a nice trick to create an impactful conclusion.

The readers will identify and would feel a connection with the personal story humanizing the subject at hand.

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Resonance In The Mind Of The Reader

If something resonates or lingers in the reader's mind, long after the article has been read, then it is a sign that the conclusion was impactful and created an impression.

Asking a direct question or creating a personal challenge makes them think about that idea, and apply it to their lives.

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Jumping into Conclusions

Jumping to conclusions is a common phenomenon, where people prematurely decide and finalize something, without having sufficient information or choosing not to consider it.

Jumping into Conclusions: Examples

  • Inference-observation confusion: An assumption made that may or may not be correct. Example: Concluding that a guy is rich, based on the car he drives.
  • Fortune-Telling: Assumption of knowing exactly what will happen in the future.
  • Mind Reading: Assuming based on how to have read someone's mind and concluded something which may not be true.
  • Extreme Extrapolation: Finding a minor clue and making something major out of it.
  • Overgeneralization: Copy-pasting a piece of knowledge over something that you think is related, but is not.
  • Labeling: Stereotyping a set of people based on their likes and dislikes.

Why We Jump to Conclusions

The reason people jump to conclusions is the fact that they find it easy.

Fact-checking and 100 percent accuracy on everything they see or observe consume way too much time for a normal person.

Taking mental shortcuts is the path most people choose to jump to conclusions.

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Be Visual 

Readers understand and remember material far better when it is expressed in concrete language that allows them to form visual images. So trying to make the reader “see” is a good goal and b...

See The Reader As An Equal

Don't increase the complexity of your vocabulary just to give the impression of intelligence. This actually makes you look stupid.

Treat the reader as an equal. If you’re trying to impress, at best you will make the reader feel dumb. And nobody likes to feel dumb.

The Curse Of Knowledge

Once you know something you assume others do too. It’s human nature. And that leads to bad writing.

'The curse of knowledge' refers to the inability that we all have in imagining what it’s like not to know something that we do know.

Jumping Into Conclusions

Jumping Into Conclusions

It is a form of cognitive distortion which generally gravitates towards the negative. This happens without any justifiable cause or reason and is not based on any fact.

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Two Types Of Cognitive Distortion

  1. Fortune Telling: When one believes that the negative outcome is already a confirmed fact. The baseless assumptions are a reality inside the mind of a fortune teller. In most cases, things that seem to be a big worry have nothing to do with reality.
  2. Mind Reading: Instead of focusing on probable bad situations, a mind reader creates unverified negative assumptions about people. These can be about people not respecting you, or about not getting acceptance from someone.

Why People Visit Fortune Tellers

The basic psychology about visiting a fortune teller is that the mind is cognitively distorted and needs reassurance. When a fortune teller tells you that everything is going to be ok, the negative thoughts start to diminish.