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The one sentence in your paper that states the main idea is often called a thesis statement.
Writers have 3 common problems with thesis statements. Does one of these describe your paper?
This page from the University of Wisconsin Madison online writing center will help you to figure out what’s wrong with your thesis statement and how to fix it.
People often confuse the “thesis” with a statement about the “purpose” of their paper. Your thesis should be a complete sentence and state an idea that a reasonable purpose might disagree with.
Purpose: “To argue in favor of more rigorous licensing for local tattoo artists”
Thesis: “Tattoo artists in our state should be licensed with as much careful regulation as hair stylists.”
For more information, take a look at this page from the University of Wisconsin online Writer’s Handbook.
It may be time to revisit the prewriting step of the writing process. This page from the Purdueonline writing center might be helpful.