TIP 5: Analyze Your Paragraphs To Test Clarity, Logic, Focus, Continuity, and Sound.
When you have completed a draft version of a paragraph, it is important to go back to your work to evaluate:
- clear and logical flow of ideas
- strategic use of emphasis (first and last positions of sentences and paragraphs)
- coherence of transitions
- consistency of tense
- avoidance of redundancies (repetitions that serve no purpose)
- smooth and varied sound
This editing task can be approached in many ways: you can read the paragraph aloud (my favorite), outline topics in the margins, circle all subjects and verbs, and/or invent your own color coding system to analyze the content. Use the method that helps you to gain a fresh perspective on what you have written, so you can improve it. This is a critical time to reread your work from the READER'S perspective.