Writing with Reader in Mind

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Writing with the Reader in Mind Quoted material in this discussion comes from Gopen, G. D.; Swan, J. A. “The Science of Scientific Writing,” Am. Sci . 1990 , 78 , 550–558. Other material is by Dr. Zimmerman. 1. “If the reader is to grasp what the writer means, the writer must understand what the reader needs.” 2. “Each unit of discourse, no matter what the size, is expected to serve a single function, to make a single point.” A unit of discourse is text with a beginning and an end: a clause, a sentence, paragraph, a section, an article. Make a single point in each sentence, paragraph, section, and article. 3. “Readers expect a grammatical subject to be followed immediately by the verb.” “Follow a grammatical subject as soon as possible with its verb.” 4. The “stress position” is at the end of a unit of discourse. That = s where the reader expects to find the information you want to emphasize. That = s where you should place new, important information. “We have the proverbial wisdom, ‘Save the best for last.’”
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