PaperHelp Event “6 Tips for Good Writing: the Right Structure”

Thursday, December 30, 2021
04:00 PM - 07:00 PM
5000 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105, United States
5000 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105, United States

Writing well is the result of practice—nothing more, nothing less. Surely more than once, you have found yourself not knowing how to express specific ideas you have in mind. In the end, you end up with an unclear mix that loses the reader, and you end up having to think in circles to express an idea. The reader has to reread to understand what you want to say or end up getting bored.

 

It is difficult to remember all the theories related to a language, but not impossible. The more you use it when writing, and the more you know the common mistakes, the easier it will be to integrate them. In the end, it will come naturally to you.

 

In this event, paperhelp (https://www.paperhelp.org/) will look at different cases in which sentence structure can give you more than one headache. Knowing them is a step to start writing well.

 

1. THE NATURAL ORDER

 

Contrary to what some authors believe, simplicity is your best ally when writing. Therefore, using the natural order of the sentence is recommended.

 

Subject + verb + complements.

 

If any of these should fail, such as, for example, an omitted subject, the order should still be followed.

 

It is customary to add incises, clarifications, or introductions that will fatten our sentences when writing. The important thing is that the structure is clean and does not read as convoluted based on that structure.

 

2. FINISH WHAT YOU START

 

Sometimes we make a mess of specific structures, especially with chained subordinates. They are so long that we forget to add some of the elements, and they remain incomplete.

 

One of the keys to writing well is to be aware of what you are saying. If it's hard for you to understand, it's hard for the reader to understand.

 

He had studied very hard to get there. His future was assured, and he was not only going to be a good lawyer.

 

The sentence is understandable, but something seems to be missing after the "not only." This structure consists of two sentences: not only, but if you don't add one, you feel incomplete.

 

He had studied very hard to get there. His future was assured, and he was going to be a good lawyer and an excellent worker.

 

3. ANNOYING SUBJECTS

 

Indeed, the subject is sometimes annoying, especially when it is repeated a lot. If the same character performs all the chained actions, there is no need to say his or her name every time.

 

The problem arises when we mix actions performed by different characters and change the subject without clarifying who has done what.

 

Be clear that whenever you change the subject, you must indicate it not to lose the reader.

 

Juan walked along the beach holding Maria's hand. He wanted to kiss her, but he was embarrassed when he thought about taking the first step. He believed that boys should take the initiative. It was better to wait.

 

I don't know about you, but I'm lost. In this case, we are talking about Juan, who is the initial subject, but it seems that the boy contradicts himself. He wants to kiss her, but he doesn't dare, and at the same time, he thinks that boys (he is a boy) should take the initiative, and he will wait.

 

In this case, there is a subject error, because from "he wanted to give her a kiss" to the end, the subject is Maria, but it has not been mentioned.

 

Juan walked along the beach holding Maria's hand. She wanted to kiss him but was embarrassed when she thought about making the first move. She felt the guys should take the initiative. It was better to wait.

 

4 ELEMENTS IN THE FOREGROUND

 

To write well, it is essential that what we want to convey is understood. One way to achieve this is with shorter sentences or without chained subordinate clauses that form eternal paragraphs.

 

This trick consists of playing with the structures and placing the elements before each other: subordinates, circumstantial complements, adverbs, etc.

 

Just keep in mind that they have a comma between the construction and the rest of the sentence if they are placed before each other.

 

5. NARRATIVE INCISES IN DIALOGUES

 

It is common to make mistakes when punctuating dialogues or placing dashes. If you do not know how to write dialogues well, I recommend you to read this article.

 

An error generated in dialogues has to do with the narrative incises, with the narrator's clarifications. Sometimes you don't know when to include the subject or where or what order the verb goes.

 

6. CONCORDANCE

 

Writing a good sentence that agrees seems very simple. But sometimes, it generates many problems due to doubts with specific constructions.

 

Collective subjects: refer to a group of beings that belong to the same class: people, flock, crowd, family, cutlery, community, etc.

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