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Part II: Composing Your E-Mail Message > Comparing Chronological Writing

Chapter 11. Comparing Chronological Writing

Many writers, who may be unfamiliar with the inverted pyramid approach, format their writing chronologically. The problem with most chronological writing, however, is that it takes the reader too long to get to the good stuff. Consider, for example, this chronological message from a college student looking for a post-graduation job:

Letter with Chronological Format

Dear Personnel Manager:

My name is Matt Kennedy. I’m a 22-year-old college senior who will graduate from State University this June with a degree in English.

During my four years at SU, I served first as a writer for, then as the editor of, the university’s literary magazine. In addition, as a junior, I was a sports columnist for SU’s student newspaper, The Beacon.

My university-level editorial work was a natural offshoot of my experience at City High School. During my tenure at CHS, I was actively involved as a member of the school’s yearbook and newspaper staffs.

It is no surprise that my academic career has focused so extensively on communications. I did, after all, publish my first book when I was a mere eighth-grader. Co-authored by my mother and published by Scribners, that fictional children’s work is now in its second printing.

I would like to put my communications experience to work for XYZ Company. I hope you will consider me for an entry-level position in your public relations department.


Matt Kennedy



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