Do you remember the last time you read a book that you simply couldn’t put down? When you can’t stop reading a good novel, it is likely because the flow of the writing carried you through from sentence to sentence and from page to page. In this blog post, I’ll show you how you can turn your paper into that page-turner story for your reviewers and readers.
Unfortunately, when reading papers, readers often get lost – unlike that good book you devoured recently. The contents of papers are usually a little harder to digest than those of novels, but that’s not the only reason why readers get stuck: Many scientific authors underestimate the power of flow in writing. And because what you are communicating in your paper is complicated, you have even more reason to help your readers (including your reviewers) to move from sentence to sentence without needing to stop and think.
In other words, if you want your papers and to be read (and cited), you need to do most of the work for your reader. And one important part of this is implementing flow in your writing.