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Avoiding Repetitive Paragraphs

Avoiding Repetitive Paragraphs: This contains just a few ideas to help a writer avoid repeating thoughts within their work. This list is not exhaustive.


It can be hard to come up with something to say in each new paragraph that keeps things moving and interesting. Here are some tips to keep your paper from becoming an endless cycle of the same information.


  • Do lots of research ahead of time. The more material you have to work with, the better.
  • Make a detailed outline. If you know you have something to talk about for each paragraph, you will keep your thoughts separated and new.
  • Consider other points of view. If you have been arguing or explaining only one side of an idea, your paper may be limited. Put yourself in someone else’s shoes and look at it from their perspective. Give reasons why someone may disagree with your points.
  • Look over a completed paper and highlight common ideas/sentences. If you have lots of parts highlighted, consider revising by adding new information or removing extraneous thoughts.
  • When writing the paper, ask yourself if you have already covered this thought. If you have, don’t say it again! Write about new information that adds background or adds strength to your point of view.
  • Consider what the rubric says. Did you answer all of the necessary points/requirements?
  • Read it aloud with a tutor. Hearing the same thing over and over can make where you need improvement obvious.
  • Let quotes enhance your thoughts, not repeat your thoughts.

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