Ways to Present Thoughts or Facts in Your Essay a.k.a. Organization Patterns

If put simply, every person who dares calling himself a writer squeezes thoughts out of the brain, shapes them in a more or less comprehensible form and pours them on a blank and innocent sheet of paper. You have done it plenty of times before. You will do it just as many times in future.

Illegible thoughts, however, are rarely appreciated, and one always faces the need to organize the word fountain (For the sake of clarity, let’s forget about Joyce’s stream of consciousness and its no doubt great role in literature development for now). It becomes even more important in academic essays.

The decision of HOW to organize thoughts depends on the piece you are working on. There are certain conventional patters that you can utilize. Following them strictly, however, is not mandatory, as writing itself is too creative an art to squeeze it in any tight boundaries.

  1. Logical pattern.

This one is most often used for persuasive and argumentative papers. Facts and figures are to be presented in the logical sequence to persuade the reader. Clear, logical connections are to be demonstrated.


  1. Chronological

Chronological patter is perfect for History papers as it satisfies the need for sequential development of the history course. It is also applied, however, in description of various events and even in personal essays sometimes.

  1. Spatial

Using spatial organization is the most appropriate when writing descriptive essays. The writer focuses on a certain item and then gradually moves to describe objects located nearby.

The choice of the pattern is determined by the type of paper you are writing as well as the impression you want like to make. Make efforts to choose the right one – and it will emphasize the brilliance of your writing.