Day 29: How are your introduction and conclusion bookending your manuscript?

This post is from the 30-day reflective writing series I made for Academic Writing Month (November 2018). For background on the series and links to all the videos, visit this page. To turn on subtitles: On a computer, hover at the bottom of the video window to make the row of icons appear; click on the “settings” icon (which looks like a cog), and select “Subtitles.” On a phone, the “subtitles” icon is in the bottom right corner of the screen.


  • The introduction and conclusion of a manuscript are closely related, working together to give the manuscript a sense of unity. The introduction sets expectations that the conclusion fulfills, raises questions that the conclusion answers, plants seeds that the conclusion culminates.

  • If you have a draft already, consider how your introduction and conclusion are relating to each other and what revisions might bring them into closer alignment with each other and/or with the rest of the manuscript. If you don’t yet have a draft, you can use this question as a thought experiment to imagine how you might frame your manuscript in the introduction and conclusion.

  • This is another one of those structural questions that can be helpful to reflect on periodically throughout the writing process, as we work to arrange and engineer masses of information into coherent story-arguments.

Posted on November 28, 2018 and filed under #AcWriMo, reflection questions.