If you think that writing is just to “write” your ideas and thoughts… you are doing it wrong! English Connection gives you some easy steps that will make your compositions look just perfect!
Most students tend to believe that a good writing is the one which covers the different points proposed by the topic they are given. They are usually aware of the importance of the content. However, how many of them give the same importance to the organization and cohesion of the text? You have to notice that a proper organization of the ideas makes the reader understand the text better and easily.
Here you have some tips for you to improve your writing skills in terms of organization:
- Before you begin, write your draft: Divide the text into different ideas to cover all the points required. Those ideas will be the different paragraphs of your writing. This is what is called paragraphing. The paragraphs must be clearly separated, not only to help the reader understand the content better and to help the writer check easily that he or she has covered the points he has been asked to, but in order to improve the presentation as well. At first sight, a writing divided into different paragraphs will certainly appeal more to the reader than a piece of paper full of words… because this is what your teacher sees every time he or she has to face single-paragraph texts!
- Edit your text: Try to follow a logical order when developing your arguments, reasons, experiences, events…etc. Do not mix ideas and if you have already fully developed one point, it is OK if you refer to previous ideas with statements such as “As I said before…” or “ As it has previously explained…” but DO NOT DEVELOP THE SAME POINT ONCE AGAIN and try to avoid repetition!
- Make your text coherent: In order to link ideas between consecutive paragraphs and within the same paragraph, it is important to count with a good range of connectors and linkers. Punctuation and conjunctions are important, but if you just use full stops, commas, “and” and “but” to separate and link ideas, your writing will probably have the look of a telegram or of a 5-year-old child’s text! Here you have some examples of the most important linkers and connectors classified according to their functions:
Follow these tips and your writing won’t be a mess… and you will get a better mark for sure!
By Beatriz Aparicio and Pilar Pino (Leganés 2)