The likeness of structure allows your reader to see the likeness
- When writing a lengthy series of similar ideas, use outline
or bullet format, but do so only if the ideas fall naturally
into parallel structure.
- Do not force unlike ideas into a structure that shows likeness.
- See repetitions of wording as clues about your ideas. When
the same words are coming out over and over, look for a way to
use parallel structure rather than variation.
- If you can make things perfectly parallel, exactly in the
same order and in the same words, look for efficiencies such
as tables, graphics, or ellipses. An example of this last might
be, "I was 33, my wife 29, our son 3."
- In a pairing or series of elements mismatched in length,
try to put the shortest first and the longest last. If doing
so is impossible, you may have to repeat words to get across
the relationship of your ideas.
- Make sure that bullet points are in parallel form and parallel
logic, even in Powerpoint presentations.