by Arnold Wentzel
PART 3: PLANNING THE STRUCTURE AND FLOW
In Part 2, I explained how to generate the content of the literature review. At this stage it is just a list of assumptions (those labelled A to F in Part 2), and each assumption is a claim to be argued. Before expanding on each of these assumptions-as-claims, they have to be organised into a coherent writing plan.
Technique for connecting the content of the literature review
Finding a logical flow between assumptions can be challenging, but I’ve found a method for creating flow that seems to work well. If one can insert a connecting phrase (shown in italics below) between the assumptions so it reads like one long sentence that makes sense, then the order is probably logical. It might take a bit of arranging and rearranging to find a structure that works.
Success is best measured in terms of money (D) and such success is only meaningful if you can achieve it before middle age (E) but fortunately this is possible because there are methods that guarantee financial success (A) which can work because Australia is predictable enough (F) so that people following such methods will live long enough to apply this method (B) and enjoy their results (C).
Of course, there are often many different ways to connect the claims (assumptions). Continue reading