Logical Order In Writing – Paragraph Basics

Logical Order In Writing

When you are writing, you want to show your readers what your topic is about. Take movies or TV shows, for example. The first part is where the characters are introduced, followed by a series of events that eventually lead to a plot and the climax. Logical writing goes along the same line as that. For example, when the poet writes about romance, it starts with how the poet fell in love, then it will rise to how their feelings became more mutual, and eventually, to where their love grew. All the events are in chronological order. We will list the Logical Order In Writing in this article.

However, not every poet writes like that. For some, they write in a riddle-like way, and the purpose is not to confuse the reader but to instead let the reader have their own interpretation of the poem. A good example goes to screenwriters. Screenwriters are very creative. Have you noticed a few movies where the scenes come from different points of view of every character? Take the movie “Vantage Point” as an example. The first few minutes of the movie are a little confusing, but as it progressed, you realize that it shows each character’s point of view that led up to the same event, yet it is not written in chronological order. That is also a way of writing in a logical order. You want your readers, or viewers, to see from the very start and how you want them to get the point of the rest of the content you put out there. You can make them analyze, or you can write the point of the rest of the content in the first few paragraphs. 

Logical Order In Writing

Now, there are a few pointers to remember and take note of when it comes to logical writing. Yes, I’ve put up examples, but if you’re an amateur writer like me, you would want to learn more and explore every little thing and detail when writing, so here are a few examples of logical order.

  • Chronological Order – We have seen this a lot in our exams in school, and you can tell that this is the most common way of writing in a logical order. This is where you put a series of events from how it happened, the moment it is happening, to how it ended, or from the start till the end.  But as I have mentioned before, you can also write in a non-chronological order as long as it would make sense to the reader.

    • For example, in the video game “Ghost of Tsushima,” here is how you can write the series of events summarized in chronological order:
      • In the year 1274, the Mongolians invaded the island of Tsushima, Japan. Samurais of every clan joined forces to defeat and drive away from the invaders. Jin Sakai, the son of a legendary Samurai, fought along with his uncle, Lord Shimura. Their battle was bloody that ended with Lord Shimura being captured by the Mongol leader, Khotun Khan. Moments passed, and Jin Sakai was saved and healed by a civilian named Yuna. They both teamed up, and Jin looked and asked his fellow surviving Samurai to help him free Lord Shimura. They became allies, and after another battle, Jin successfully rescued his uncle, yet that didn’t drove the Mongols away but only to push them to move north. Once again, Jin has to reclaim his properties and free the people from the Mongol’s grip. As time went on, his uncle wished to adopt him as his own son. Jin knew it wouldn’t be a good idea as he learned and discovered new ways of fighting not as a Samurai but a Shinobi. An assassin fighting in the shadows. It was one way he could save his home, and his uncle disagreed that being a Samurai means having honor and dying with it. Being an assassin meant killing without honor, and it is not in the code of the Samurai. Many moons passed, and there comes another battle, which they won, but paid for a price. Jin turned from his uncle, which led him to work with his allies, who helped free Lord Shimura. The Mongol’s grew stronger, and Jin knew that he would need his uncle’s help to defeat Khotun Khan. Many sunrise and sunsets colored the sea until the day they faced each other. It was a tough battle, and Jin fought with his heart, pierced Khotun Khan with his sword, and saved his home. Yet, in the end, it wasn’t a happy ending as Jin has to choose between killing his own uncle with honor or leaving him and proving that his honor no longer exists.

    • Take note that chronological orders aren’t necessarily long. It all depends on what you’re writing about, and it could be anything from stories, to recipes, to advice.

  • Contrast and Comparison – Contrast means differences, and comparison means similarities.  Using a few words would summarize a paragraph and let the reader know that it is a contrast paragraph. “Unlike John, Arthur was more capable of living on his own.” The word “unlike” is an example of contrast as it expresses difference. If you change “unlike” to “like,” it would be compared as it shows similarities. “Like John, Arthur can hunt wild animals without hesitation.”

  • Logical Division of Ideas – Ideas can bubble up inside one’s mind, and dividing them could help the writer understand and remember each thought later.  Dividing them would help the reader phrase out what you wish them to understand that would make sense.

  • Order of Importance – This will fall on the same group as the logical division of ideas, but this time, instead of dividing them, it would rather be in order. Here is where you can put the most important idea to you on top, prioritize it, and write down the rest in order from the most important to you and the least one.

    • Here is my own example:
      1. Monster Hunter
      2. Crash Bandicoot
      3. Devil May Cry Series
      4. Ghost of Tsushima
      5. Uncharted Series
    • As you can see, I wrote my favorite games based on my own preference and their importance to me. “Monster Hunter” is on top as it is the game that I love the most. 
    • As for a TV series:
      1. Hannibal
      2. Peaky Blinders
      3. Vikings
    • A writer can prioritize anything based on what they are writing about. Food journalists can enumerate and make a list of foods that they love to the very least. Really, though, it can be anything.

  • Cause and Effect – Cause is the origin of an outcome, whereas a human or anything can do it. It is like YIN. The effect is the outcome or the consequences of the action that was done, like YANG. Imagine this, you drink coffee, and later in the day, it gave you anxiety. What caused anxiety? Coffee. Since coffee has caffeine that boosts up anxiety. Almost everything that happens in the world can be cause and effect. I know I have been writing a lot about video games, so let me make an example of a “cause and effect” from a TV series, “Vikings.”

    • Athelstan is a monk that was captured from Northumbria, a kingdom in England. He was turned into a drudge by Ragnar Lothbrok, and yet, he was treated kindly and fairly. Ragnar grew a love for Athelstan as he possessed suck knowledge about countries uncharted for a Viking. Floki, a man that Ragnar and respects as a brother, grew a hatred for Athelstan, and he believes in God, and Floki believed that the only true gods are Odin, Thor, Frey, and so on. Floki’s hatred turned into jealousy as Ragnar prioritized Athelstan more than him. After a few conquests, the Vikings decided to conquer Paris. Athelstan is the only one who could lead them inside and form an attack that would earn the victory. Unfortunately, one night when Athelstan was praying, Floki struck him down, which resulted in Athelstan’s death. They had to conquer Paris with only a little knowledge of how they could attack. Ragnar asked Floki to lead the army and form a plan which, sadly, didn’t work out. The Vikings ended up retreating as the ways they thought could work only ended up in disaster.
    • That is an example of “cause and effect.” Floki killed Athelstan, which caused the Vikings to lose as they couldn’t find a proper way into Paris and the effect of that is them having to retreat.

In summary of this article, logical order in writing can be in many forms. Every writer is creative in their own way. Sometimes we write without even realizing that we are using something important. As writers, let us share our knowledge with the people who have the same desires as our dreams. To have a career in what we truly want. Writing articles is a simple way to express and share what we know to let our readers be inspired or be entertained.

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