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How to Turn Seeds into Paragraphs and Sprouts into Sentences

Module by: John Bosco. E-mail the author

Summary: A writing technique that tricks an essay into writing itself


The ability to write improves with practice and with reading. Reading shows you how other authors do it. Writing lets you use what you learn from reading. In addition, there is a simple writing techniques that you can use as a guide to writing high school and college assignments. Here is how it works.

Basic Concepts

  • A seed is the germ of a paragraph. It is the thought that unifies the sentences in a paragraph
  • A sprout is the germ of a sentence. it is the thought that will transform itself into a sentence.
  • Sprouts germinate from seeds
  • You can work in any direction. You can start with a single seed, germinate it into sprouts and transform the sprouts into sentences. Or you can start with a sentence and figure out to what sprout and seed it belongs. You can figure out the list of seeds, then figure out sprouts for each of them and then transform each of the sprouts into a sentence. There is no better way. The only thing that you must be mindful is that to keep yourself organized you must organize your work into seeds and sprouts. You do this in the form of an outline.

A General Example

Let me run through a general example

Step 1 - Prepare a list of seeds

  1. Seed #1
  2. Seed #2
  3. Seed #Etc.

Step #2: From each seed, germinate sprouts

Seed #1

  • Sprout #1 from Seed #1
  • Sprout #2 from Seed #1
  • Sprout #etc from Seed #1

Step 3 - Transform each Sprout into a sentence.

Seed #1

  • Sentence #1 from Sprout #1 from Seed #1
  • Sentence #2 from Sprout #2 from Seed #1
  • Sentence #etc.from Sprout #etc from Seed #1

Step 4 - Make a copy of your work

Step 5 - Delete the Seeds and Sprouts.

What you have left are the sentences organized into their paragraphs. Voila, your essay is done.

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