Fluid

Essay Section: Supporting Evidence (Transitions)

What does it mean to have fluid writing? What does it mean to write fluidly? What does it mean to you, in terms of your writing, to receive a comment from your professor that your writing is fluid? In order to answer these questions, we must work backwards before we can develop a definition and provide examples for this comment.

Water is fluid. Anything liquid is fluid, for that matter. Brokers can turn stocks into liquid by cashing them in for an equal, greater, or lesser value. When something melts, it becomes fluid. This is a discussion on a general level.

Let’s go further to provide an additional explanation. For something to be fluid it cannot be solid. It cannot demonstrate complete unity. Whatever is fluid must be the opposite of solid. When something is solid, the something is characterized by having no pauses or interruptions. If something is fluid, then the something has pauses or interruptions.

Therefore, whatever is fluid has no form. It is not strong and/or dependable. It flows. Under these conditions, the something is able to move, change, and experience pauses and interruptions. Although fluid may move and experience pauses and interruptions, it does all of these things without separating under pressure completely. In contrast, anything solid, when under pressure, separates. Something in its solid form can change shape by turning into liquid under even less extreme conditions.

To separate, in essence, means to disunite, to become disengaged. In other words, to disunite means to become distinct from what is characterized as a whole, to be set apart from, to dissociate or become disconnected. Now let’s return to our questions and add in a few more elements.

1) What does it mean to write fluidly?

2) What does it mean to write in such a way that my ideas don’t keep to a solid form and don’t show complete unity?

3) What does it mean to write in such a way that my paper as a whole is characterized by having pauses and interruptions, rapid changes, and an unfixed shape?

4) What does it mean to write in such a way that my ideas flow and are able to move without separating under pressure?

5) What does it mean to write in such a way that my ideas flow and are able to move without becoming disconnected from the whole?

These are the definitions of what it means to write fluidly. If you have received this comment on a paper, at first glance, it appears that the comment is positive. In some ways it can be positive, for water does flow. However, if you look up the definition for “fluid,” you will see that there are some areas of the definition that may be less than satisfactory.

With this in mind, fluid writing is characterized as the ability of the writer to make ideas flow and move without separating under pressure, without becoming disconnected from the whole. This is the part that contributes to the overall development of the essay.

On the other hand, fluid writing is also writing where the ideas don’t keep to a solid, stable form. There is no unity. Much of the whole package is filled with pauses, interruptions, rapid changes, and an unfixed (unsettled), restless shape.

Receiving this comment may involve one or both of these definitions. Be sure to ask your professor what he or she means by the comment before assuming that your contribution represents considerable (noteworthy) effort.

Copyright 2011 Regina Y. Favors. All Rights Reserved.

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