How to Write an Interesting Thesis Sentence
Theses can be a real headache. Choosing a thesis is sometimes the hardest part of writing. Without a solid thesis, you can’t build up the rest of the paper. As with the cornerstone of a building, a thesis holds up the entirety of an essay; without it, everything collapses. However, getting a reader interested in your thesis is a whole other ball game. How do you both select a great thesis and write a great thesis sentence – a sentence that will leave your reader desperate to read the remainder of your essay? Well, there are actually a few tricks to writing an interesting thesis sentence.
- Choose an interesting topic. This is probably the best thing you can do to ensure an interesting thesis sentence. Honestly, if you don’t have an interesting topic to begin with, you’re probably not going to be able to develop a very intriguing thesis. Don’t choose some safe, boring topic because you don’t want to take the risk. Go for an interesting topic, and you’ll get an interesting thesis.
- Develop several thesis statements. Don’t stick to one thesis statement, even though it may be tempting: coming up with one is hard enough, but coming up with several? However, if you pick an interesting topic, use brainstorming techniques and trade ideas with friends, it will be much easier to develop several possible theses. Out of these options, select the thesis that inspires the most personal excitement. This will likely by your best thesis sentence of the bunch.
- Begin with a quote. It’s always exciting if you can start off your thesis with an insightful remark, and what better way to do this than with a simple quote? Quotes can be powerful tools, easily inspiring higher levels of thinking quickly within readers. Start off a thesis sentence with a quote, and then connect it to your proposed thesis. For example, “Roosevelt claimed that it was best to ‘speak softly and carry a big stick,’ but through multiple examples, studies and personal testimonies, it will become apparent that such an ideology is not valid in the business world…”
- Provide specifications. Don’t fall flat with general, boring descriptions or a basic statement of your thesis. Generic would consist of claiming, “Rousseau and Locke were some of the greatest thinkers to inspire the French Revolution.” Specific, however, would be “Rousseau’s social philosophy and Locke’s concepts of governmental authority inspired passion in the French population, and their ideas funded the background and progress of the French Revolution.
- Edit and proof. Yes, even thesis statements need this step – as do any and all writing assignments you encounter in your educational career. Always edit and proof your work. Make sure that thesis statement is all you want tit to be, and more!