Logical flow refers to that aspect of your writing that enables your reader to create an imaginary connection with your thought process and move automatically from one point to another autonomously.
The articulate use of logical flow in your writing makes your work more fun and easy to ‘digest’.
In this piece, I am going to show you how to use gamely techniques to create sweet logical flow, and take you through the secrets of how to break and transit your ideas smoothly with a powerful story that would hook your reader from start to finish.
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Let’s make it a game
Games are arguably one of the most fun and thrilling parts of technology that has no boundary. It has proved to be fun regardless of age, race, religion, or belief and with the infusion of social interactivity, it currently holds billions of players all over the world competing to ace one another.
There are three principles that I would adapt from games and game development. These principles would prepare your mind before you start inking your first draft.
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- Know your audience
The first rule for any game developer is to know whom they are developing for. What makes games so appealing is the fact that there is a game for everyone, what appeals to you might not to another person.
The lesson in this is that to create a logical flow in your writing, you have to know who you are writing for. You have to ask yourself three fundamental questions, WHO am I writing for? WHY am I writing? and WHAT medium would my reader consume my content from?
It is germane that you have answers to these posers as it would prepare you subconsciously on the use of tone and the choice of your words.
For instance, your choice of words and tone would differ if you were to write for a Governor and to a Governor. Though both would be official neither would carry the same weight of authoritative tone.
- Create a Game like mode
Games offer us different challenges at different stages. The general principle is that the lessons and experiences you garner from the previous level/stage would help you slalom to the next level.
What this means is that you have to break your ideas into sizable points that would be unleashed in ‘levels’.
Create a separate heading for each point or idea and make sure the next point is linking directly to the previously discussed point.
- Search the internet
Let me make a little confession. Before I wrote this article, I had consulted more than ten blog posts/articles despite the fact that I am no neonate in this field.
The game-like mode is similar to creating a logical map that would help your reader hold a firm understanding of your writeup.
If you do want to create a superb level mode, you need to scour the internet to see how others have made points similar to what you are about to write.
The internet is your friend, so use it. You would definitely find a plethora of others who have written something similar that you can use to your advantage but beware of plagiarism and do acknowledge other people’s work, it shows you can be trusted.
Now that you know
By now you have learnt that you have to research the internet, why you need engaging subheadings for your points, and why you have to use the right tone for your audience.
Let’s delve into the writing proper. Game on!
- Tap into the power of story
There are numerous benefits in adding stories and illustrations to your write-up. Stories have the power to jab your reader (positively) gradually before hooking them with the main message.
You place them in the ‘listening zone’ and they would subconsciously give you their attention.
However, you do have to be consistent with your writing perspective. I
magine if you were reading a text from someone writing from the third-person perspective and suddenly, he switched to the first person, it will definitely throw you off balance.
After all, who does not like to be told tales?
Saylordotorg wrote in his GitHub that when you write, your goal is to write for a specific purpose—perhaps to inform, to explain, to persuade, or for a combination of these purposes.
Your purpose for writing should always be in the back of your mind because it will help you decide which pieces of information belong together and how you will order them.
- Breaking your ideas to point
Lumenlearning.com gave an insightful approach to various methods you can adopt to present your points. I am going to summarise some of them here
- Comparison/Contrast: With a comparison method, you will be able to break your points by focusing on the similarities between things and juxtapose properly. This method would allow you to spring up points to show comparison and your reader would expect to read the differences too. Boom you’ve hooked them!
- Division/Classification: Division and classification approach takes a large concept and churns it into smaller digestible bits. The result would have your reader start from the smaller easily understandable bits to a more complex part.
- Problem/Solution: The problem-solution method is an approach that helps you present the problem(s) and then provide practical solutions to that problem. It is your duty as a writer to point out the problem as a PROBLEM to readers and then list out foreseeable solutions to the problem(s).
- Argument & Persuasion: If you are familiar with argumentative essays in high school, you will understand quite alright that the aim is to prove and validate your main idea by bringing out logical subpoints to substantiate the idea.
Transit well and resist diversion
You should repeat the words used in one sentence in the next one so you can have a nice transition effect that flows smoothly.
Ugur Akinci gave an example of ending a sentence like this “The city hall will decide on the matter before December” try starting the next paragraph with “Besides deciding on budget items, another responsibility of the City Hall is to supervise its executive council.”
In this example, you can see how the focus on the “city hall” in two consecutive sentences establishes a comfortable flow between the two paragraphs. It is highly encouraged to use conjunctions like “and,” “but,” “however,” etc. to link sentences without breaking the semantic flow.
Perhaps the most important point is to avoid drifting from the main idea. Imagine that you are making points to support a claim that additive technology should be adopted as in the new manufacturing plant, however, you drifted to creating discussions on how the previous administration had mismanaged funds in the past
Spicing your work with the logical flow is pertinent as it helps guide your reader through your thought process and gradually builds up your points to form your idea.
If you are able to create the perfect logical map and infuse your writings with relevant stories without drifting from the main idea, you are on track to create that ‘flow’ in your readers that would make them crave more.