Cue the Reader
Orient your reader with a strong thesis statement announcing the main idea.
Use forecast statements to preview topics.
Use clear topic sentences to capture the focus of your paragraphs.
Repeat words, use synonyms, and mimic sentence structure to maintain cohesion across your writing.
Build in transitions to emphasize logical relationships and sequences.
(from Axelrod and Cooper, The St. Martin’s Guide to Writing (Boston, MA: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2016))
In your draft, move from writer-based writing (your prewriting, research notes, and outlines) to reader-based writing. Use signals to guide your reader through your writing.