Putting your ideas in order

Written work must be ordered. Though information and ideas may come to you randomly, it is your job as a writer to clarify and structure your data and present it in a sane, sensible and logical fashion. Here are some points to think about when planning, selecting and sequencing your material:

■ Have a goal, a main idea and intent. Every idea, sentence and paragraph must lead towards that goal effectively. Stick to the matter at hand; omit anything that does not lead towards the goal, no matter how interesting.

■ Have a reason for ordering your paper as you do, and then convince the reader of your argument by developing it smoothly and logically.

■ Each idea and concept (with its substantiation) should flow logically from one to the next.

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