Advice / PaperRecipe
Let me tell you a little trick that I tell all the students:
sentence, paragraph, page
Mike's paper recipe:
Keep the sentence in view at all times (print it out in big letters and put it next to your computer as you work!
in each part, keep in mind that your goal is to tell the "story" of the paper - which is why the sentence is so important.
The first two of those should be sentences. Not run-ons. Not lists. Your "primary" or "key" thing must be a thing, not 3.
Here's a nice article on Tomorrow's Professor about writing. They echo my feelings about the importance of the "sentence." Some of their other advice, I don't implement myself - but wish I did!