Stress as an Announcement of What's to Come


It is obvious that when you decide which information to put in the Stress position you influence how your reader understands what you are writing about in that sentence. It is less obvious, but nearly as important, to realize that when you decide which information to put in the Stress position you influence how your readers read the rest of your story.

The Stress position is often a signpost, and at times a subtle signpost, that an-nounces what will come next in the story.

The stress position is especially important in announcing what will come next as the main idea of a paragraph or document:

* Readers will look to the stress position in the first or first few sentences in a paragraph to help them know what to expect in the rest of the paragraph.
 
* Readers will look to the stress position in the last few sentences of your introduction to help them know what to expect in the rest of the document.

For these important sentences at the beginning of a paragraph or at the end of the introduction of a document, the stress position is a launching point that casts your readers forward into the rest of the paragraph or document.