Over the past few weeks, I’ve talked about how to get started quickly and easily with your business writing. This week in Part 5, my focus is on Determining Content: Logical Flow.
In determining what content you should have, gather all the information you need, based on:
- Your reader’s need for the information
- Your reader’s use for the information
- Your purpose for writing this piece
AND NOTHING ELSE!
Then, organize your information.
- Group similar information.
- Put your information groups into logical sequence.
E.g. flow from first paragraph, time, procedural, most important
If writing a shorter piece, each information group will be a paragraph. If you are writing a longer piece, these information groups will be sections or chapters. Detail content and follow the same process for each section or for each chapter.
I hope that you’ve found this post on Determining Content to be helpful!
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