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Chapter 9. A Place for Everything, and E... > A Method to All This Madness - Pg. 99

A Place for Everything, and Everything in Its Place 99 A Method to All This Madness Sometimes a piece of writing seems to fall easily into a certain structure, the way a tall glass of lemonade and sandals go with summer and hot cocoa and fuzzy slippers go with winter. That's because some types of writing are better suited to one organizational pattern than another. Other times, however, more than one organizational pattern will work with a particular writing project. The following chart presents some of the most useful parallels. The third column shows the most common applications of each specific organizational plan, but that's by no means the only way each one can be used. Use the chart as a guide, not an ironclad set of rules you must obey. Organizational Plan Chronological order Order of importance Question and answer Spatial order Definition order of time rank alternating Q's and A's order of space Types of Writing autobiographies biographies narrative poems novels process analysis short stories business letters business e-mail expository writing memos persuasive essays reports term papers expository writing interviews persuasive essays descriptive essays poems Now, let's examine each method of organization in detail, starting with chronological order. Time Marches On: Chronological Order Word Watch