Yesterday’s post argued that sentence variety is the enemy of efficiency. Efficient sentence organization is dependent on cohesion: the links between ideas that hold sentences together.
My experience teaching professionals to write is that most are able to create cohesive prose without explicit instruction. But, for those without this ability, the problem is critical. Their readers struggle to read their prose and make comments about awkwardness, choppiness, lack of “flow” or–the most damning–the quality of the writer’s education. The kicker is that very few writing teachers I’ve met know how to help.
The video tutorial on cohesion posted below translates some linguistic research into practical guidance based on a chapter in Revising Professional Writing. I’d love to hear if it helps you.