Conclusions can be tricky to write for a similar reason that introductions and abstracts can be: because it’s hard to write about our own writing. Metadiscourse, to use a fifty-cent word, requires that we have enough distance to be able to describe and reflect on the work we’ve done.
This can be difficult for a number of reasons:
Maybe you habitually work up against deadlines, leaving yourself little time to let your findings or conclusions lie fallow for a while.
Maybe it seems like you’ve said everything there was to say. I frequently hear people lament, “I feel like my conclusion is repetitive and too similar to my introduction.”
Maybe you are just sick to death of your project and you actually.do.not.want.to.write.another.word.
To make matters worse, maybe you followed some writing professor’s advice (like mine) and left the introduction to write until last, so now you have to write the intro and conclusion at the same damn time. Mea culpa! I have revised this advice: next time, write as much of the intro as you can, leaving only your findings or conclusions for the end.
If, for these reasons or any others, you find yourself just a conclusion away from the end of your project, you will find these strategies functional and reassuring. Yes, you can get there from here.
The Art of Conclusions