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Lesson 5. Beyond single sentences: Cohesion. Cohesion. Prose feels like it fits together if The end of one sentence fits with the beginning of the next sentence. Flow (Cohesiveness). Sentences flow when the last few words of one sentence set up the first words of the next.

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lesson 5

Lesson 5

Beyond single sentences: Cohesion

cohesion
Cohesion

Prose feels like it fits together if

The end of one sentence fits with the beginning of the next sentence.

flow cohesiveness
Flow (Cohesiveness)

Sentences flow when the last few words of one sentence set up the first words of the next.

(passive voice is sometimes necessary for this reason).

principles to follow
Principles to follow

Begin sentences with information familiar to your readers

End sentences with information your reader cannot predict.

cohesion1
Cohesion

This is the something old something new rule.

See handout.

balance
Balance

You must balance principles that make sentences clear with principles that make a passage cohesive.

principles
Principles

Make the characters the subjects of your sentences (and make simple subjects short, concrete, preferably flesh and blood characters)

Make actions the verbs of your sentences.

Begin sentences with information familiar to your readers

End sentences with information your reader cannot predict.

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