Starter’s Guide for Writing: Connections

An article written by: Lee Sonogan

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“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.” – Steve Jobs

Writing can be defined as a network of connections. Fiction or non-fiction, connections is an important part of developing your ideas and making your overall piece of content flow. Also, connections offer ways for the writer to show the reader the relationship between ideas. With a connection of ideas in your writing, and to your potential readers, you will know that you have something of value and quality.

In making connections with your writing, you will improve its context. First off you can make connections to the text by answering simple questions about yourself. This is similar to my life, this is different from m life, something like this happened to me when, this reminds me of, this relates to me when I read this, and so on if it is related to what your writing about.

Other than using personal knowledge and experience to make connections, there are other ways for the reader and the writer to make connections with the text. Add in all the relevant details and be descriptive. Show cause and effect between important details and paragraphs. Have an order in its sequences or chronologically structure. Show the importance of similarities and differences between contrasting ideas. And probably much more to add to this paragraph.

Overall, making connections is one of the most important parts in making interesting to read writing. If you can find connections such I have described above, the more you will be able to write with ease. There is always hidden patterns that can be extended on. One method I sometimes use it to just write and establish a structure. Then later see what I have done and add to the context I have already written in appropriate places. Making connections in writing takes practice and will only improve over time and effort put in.

“We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.” William James

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