Assign a word count to each paragraph so you know how much you will write (e.g., a 2000 word essay might have an introduction and conclusion of c250 words and four body paragraphs of c400 words). Keep in mind that not all writers prefer specific page counts for essays, but some publishers may require them.
Generally, academic essays are between 6 and 8 pages long. Longer papers can be written as articles or reviews. Short papers often include only one main idea with supporting examples and evidence. Sometimes, these papers are called "essays" in academia because they usually examine a single subject within their length limit.
Some students worry that if they write longer papers, they won't meet their word count requirements or won't have enough content to cover all eight pages. This isn't true! You should always write longer papers than what is required since there is so much room for exploration within an academic paper. For example, you could explore different perspectives on a topic or try your hand at rhetorical analysis (the study of rhetoric and its application through language).
Furthermore, even if you don't go beyond the page limit, many journals allow for extensions during submission, so you have plenty of room to fill up any missing space with new material.
Conclusion paragraphs account for around 5% of your essay's total word count (e.g., about 50 or so words per 1000 word essay). Generally, they should not be longer than necessary because readers tend to lose interest in essays that go on too long.
The best conclusions summarize the main points of the argument and offer a recommendation or call to action. They may also include a brief explanation of how evidence supports these claims. While you cannot expect to write an exhaustive treatment of your topic in a short paragraph, you should still try to make the conclusion as clear and concise as possible.
Here are some examples of appropriate conclusion sentences: "In conclusion, modern technology has allowed musicians to create sound recordings that preserve the voice of artists who would otherwise be lost to history." "My recommendation is that students should be required to take art history courses in college." "Given these findings, we can conclude that viewing paintings engages cognitive processes similar to those used when listening to music." "Based on this research, I would argue that museums should allow visitors to move about more freely so they can experience the exhibits from all angles."
Conclusions can be as simple as a sentence or two or as long as one full paragraph.
You will have 1500 words to employ in a 2000-word essay. Each primary argument should normally be covered in 1-3 paragraphs, with a total word count of 200-400. This will allow you to include about 5 main ideas, each backed by two or three sources. A good rule of thumb is that the first paragraph should explain what the paper is going to discuss and how it will do so.
The introduction should always be written last, even though it comes first in the writing process. The introduction should include: a brief overview of the topic; an explanation as to why the topic is important; and a list of questions that the reader may have about the topic. These can be asked directly in the introduction or included in the body of the paper as sub-points under different headings. For example, one could write "Why is this topic relevant today?" and then go on to answer the question directly thereafter.
The conclusion should come last, after all relevant information has been presented and the paper has stated its main point clearly. The conclusion section should summarize the main ideas in the paper, mention any implications or applications that may follow from them, and make a call to action if necessary.
Generally speaking, every 2000-word essay should have four sections: an introduction, a body, a conclusion, and source information. You should also try not to use jargon or abstract language in your essay.