Analysis Of The Handout For Writing Reader Based Prose Seem The Most Useful? Why?

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Which of the tips on the handout for writing reader-based prose seem the most useful? Why? As I examined Fowler’s (1993), article, I was struck by a common theme that wove through three of the tips, making them the moist useful to me as a writer. Fowler (1983) suggests that one should, “anticipate, your audience’s response”, “organize for the creative reader”, and “use cues to guide your reader” (Fowler, 1983, pp.1-2). The first tip, “analyze your audience”, appears to be the natural starting point for determining, the gap in knowledge between one’s assessment of where they think an audience is, versus where they need to be in order to fully comprehend the argument being presented (Fowler, 1983, p.1). This also means that the writer must also understand how to organize information in order to fill in the gaps for the reader. The second tip and third tips, flow naturally from the first. The second tip, “organize for the creative reader” has its focus on using a “reader based structure” in which information is organized in a logical, “explicit” and formal manner (Fowler, 1983, p.1), while the third tip, ‘use cues to guide your reader” examines how APA format for example, lends itself to communicate logically through a specified progression of thought which may be visually observed through paper structure, visual punctuation or formal formatting(Fowler, 1983, p.2). All three of these tips involve ways to organize content to one degree or another. As one who usually…

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