Writing is a creative process and for many it becomes a “labyrinth of thoughts and ideas” (Chambers, 2007). The idea that the natural flow of writing is an elusive concept has been around since ancient times. Aristotle claimed that the order in which one tells a story should be that a listener can follow. “The order should be like that of the parts of speech in speaking; and the order should be agreeable to the common sense in narrative, since it is courtesy to make even friends follow one another’s lead” (Aristotle, 1961). This idea was echoed by Shakespeare who advised his actors to give a narrative a “natural pace.” The Bard also wrote how it would not do to “change the natural pace…” (Brown, 1989). However, these notions have become lost over time. The “natural flow” according to Plato, was one that appealed to the senses and was best served when the audience was aware of a spectacle (Frye, 1957).
The natural order of the sentence is a step-by-step sequence of events and ideas that guides the reader from beginning to end.
This article is seeking to reintroduce this idea of the natural order of writing. We will be looking at different ways that students can become more aware of the order of their writing in order to achieve their desired effects (from purpose and clarity, to rhythm and emphasis). By achieving a greater awareness, students will be able to utilize the natural order through which they can bring needed balance back into their modules. It is also hoped that by following a more balanced approach, students will be more likely to achieve a natural flow of ideas and thoughts.
In the article, it is argued that a more balanced approach to writing can help students achieve a greater awareness of their writing through the natural order in which ideas will be flowing. In this way, students will be able to connect with their work and also with the ideas and thoughts of their audience more easily. This is because, through following this natural flow, it is possible for students to take into consideration what they have just written and avoid repeating ideas twice. This will leave the writing with a more balanced approach.