The American Psychological Association (APA, 2020) encouraged authors to, “present the ideas and findings in an direct, straightforward manner, while also aiming for an interesting and compelling style" (p. 115).
Please see below for a few suggestions for improving the flow of the writing, or as it’s called in the APA Style manual, “the smooth cadence of words and sentences” (APA, 2020, p. 115). If you’ve ever received feedback that your writing is choppy or hard to follow, applying these suggestions should make your work more accessible to readers:
The APA Style manual has more to say on verb tenses and the effects of unnecessary shifts in verb tense (APA, 2020, pp. 117-118), noun strings (APA, 2020, p. 112), and the dangers of unintentional shifts in meaning through using synonyms (APA, 2020, p. 114). For more information on how you can improve your writing style, please refer to Chapter 4 (Writing Style and Grammar) in the APA Style manual (7th ed.) to learn more.
American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.). https://doi.org/10.1037/0000165-000