Coherence in your writing

■ The paper must be a whole. Each sentence should follow on logically from the previous one and lead into the next one, as does each paragraph, idea, concept, argument and example, on to the conclusion.

■ For each section, decide what the function of your writing is at that particular stage. Refer to the sections in Chapter 4 Language Functions for suggested words and phrases to help you in your writing.

■ You should not include anything that does not directly contribute to your goal. Fascinating but unrelated bits of information must be omitted. Illustrations, examples or interesting anecdotes that are not directly relevant must be edited out. They do not add interest; they sidetrack the reader away from what you are trying to achieve.

■ Use 'linking' language to help the reader see what connects one point of the argument to another. (see Section 3.5 Signposting)

■ Maintain the same style of writing throughout. This includes maintaining the same level of formality. If you decide to change your tone while actually doing the writing, then go back over what you have already written to make sure that the whole piece has the same tone. (see Chapter 3 Style)

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