When you use a quotation in your writing, make sure you get the most out of it.
Test the flow of your argument by reading through your topic sentences.
Use signposting to guide your reader through your writing.
This is the perfect exercise for working out how to summarise your work.
To refine your argument and write the abstract for your dissertation, try to write a one-minute 'sales pitch' for your work.
Here, the story of Victor Frankenstein is used to demonstrate the development of an argument.
Organise your essay like a shish kebab, with your argument like a skewer holding the assembly together.
Paragraphs are like stepping stones across a river - your reader steps from one paragraph to the next to follow the flow of the argument.
It is helpful to get a colleague or fellow student to read through the work to see if the argument is clear.
If you're struggling to maintain the focus of your argument, get back to basics and identify the main point that will take your reader from a position of open-mindedness towards being full persuaded by your case.