There are things that one needs to know that contribute to excellence in writing. They are not hard to learn. Once you know them, they do take practice to gain proficiency. That practice makes all the difference in the world.
Think of the five paragraph essay as having five separate parts. Learn to master each of the parts one at a time. As you become proficient with one part, work on proficiency in the next. Writing the introduction and the conclusion are strongly linked. Working on them in sequence will make the job easier. Then tackle the body paragraphs, one at a time. With the inclusion of transitions, you will get the feel and flow of the essay. Put them all together, and you will have the first draft of your essay.
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